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On December 30, 2015

Chikako Iwahori

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Chikako moved to New York City in 1995. Chikako has been performing with many tap dance companies such as Max Pollak’s, “Rumba Tap”, a unique mix of Afro Cuban music and dance, tap & body percussion. “Barbara Duffy & Company”, an all women’s tap company, Heather Cornell’s, “Manhattan Tap” and was a founding member of Irena Koloseus’s, “Feraba-African Rhythm Tap Company”. Chikako is touring internationally with all groups. Chikako also has been working on her original work and has presented at Tap City 2010 at Symphony space and Summer stage 2011. Aside from Dance, Chikako is currently a percussionist, tap dancer and vocalist in the band, “Beat the Donkey”, led by Cyro Baptista. The band has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals around the world, such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Festival d’Agadir in Morocco. Most recently, Chikako joined Moroccan Gnawa musician Hassan Hakmoun’s band and performed at Festival Mondial Des Arts Negres in Senegal and World music festival in Thailand. Chikako’s other talents include West African dance, Balinese dance, the South African gumboot dance, Afro Cuban dance and Balkan folk. From 2002 to 2006, she has studied Kathak a Classical north Indian dance, under the direction of Janaki Patrick, performing with her at the Downtown Dance Festival in NYC. As a tap dancer, she also collaborated with Janaki’s “The Kathak Ensemble & Friends” at the Shea Center for the Performing Arts at William Patterson University. Chikako has taught workshops in Finland, Japan, Germany and Zimbabwe and taught Tap dance at Marymount college Manhattan, Steps on Broadway and Broadway dance center. Her main influences are Max Pollak, Heather Cornell, Buster Brown and Barbara Duffy.

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