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Sachiyo Ito in “Haru no Umi” (Spring Sea) Photo by Ray Smith
We are pleased to announce the release of Chapter 2 of Sachiyo Ito’s Memoir.
In this chapter, Sachiyo Sensei recalls the chance meetings that led to both influential support for her career and deep and lasting friendships; these supporters, both personal and professional, would help to make her dream of introducing Japanese dance to the world outside of Japan in the 1970s and 80s come true.
The memoir promises to give us great insight into the source of Sachiyo Sensei’s artistic drive and how she overcame many obstacles to introduce Japanese dance to the international stage. We look forward to reading future chapters and learning more about this pioneering artist’s inspirational story.
To access the Memoir, please visit JapanCultureNYC at the following link:
Stay tuned for details on the memoir’s third chapter release date!
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“Linking Verses and Dance Improvisation” at the Queens Library on March 14
Join us for a special evening of poetry and movement!
Sachiyo Ito will present the unique program of linking poetic verses to dance. The program will introduce Japanese traditional poetry from Waka to Haiku, the shortest fixed form of poetry known worldwide. The audience is encouraged to bring their own Haiku verses and have Sachiyo Ito create dances for them.
This program will be a live presentation with the option for the audience to join virtually. Those who are joining online can send Haiku through the Chat on Zoom.
Queens Library, Flushing Branch
Meeting ID: 894 3015 5829
Sachiyo Ito in “Sagi Musume” (Heron Maiden)
Photo by Jefferson Maia
We are excited to announce the release of the first chapter of the memoir of our Artistic Director, Sachiyo Ito.
This poignant introduction gives us a glimpse into Sachiyo Ito’s early life and what shaped her into the passionate artist she is today.
In this chapter, Sachiyo Sensei reflects on finding an old childhood photo of herself, smiling brightly without a care in the world. This memory prompts her to realize she has been single-mindedly pursuing her artistic mission in America for years, often amidst difficult circumstances, and has lost some of that natural joy along the way.
Chapters of Ito’s Memoir will be released in 12 monthly installments with a special theme for each chapter; for instance, Women’s History for March, cherry blossoms for April, and Pride for June.
The memoir promises to give us great insight into the source of Sachiyo Sensei’s artistic drive and how she has overcome obstacles to introduce Japanese dance to the international stage since the early 1970s. You can find it on the websites of JapanCultureNYC ( https://www.japanculture-nyc.com/sachiyo-ito-memoir/chapter1 ) and our own website ( Memoir Chapter-One ). Please enjoy her journey of over 50 years spreading the arts and culture of Japan, and learn about this pioneering artist’s inspirational story.
Stay tuned for details on the memoir’s second chapter release date!
Sachiyo Ito & Company
Happy New Year!
Sachiyo Ito and Company wish you all good health and happiness in 2024. We thank you for an incredible 2023 filled with magical performances and joyful memories.
We are so grateful for our dedicated dancers, helpful crew, and you – our supportive community. Together we have spread the love of Japanese dance far and wide!
The year ahead is filled with possibilities, new performances, community classes, and more. We can’t wait to continue this beautiful journey with you by our side.
May it be our best year yet filled with new heights and endless pirouettes.
Additionally, Artistic Director’s Memoir will be posted on the websites of
Sachiyo Ito & Company
Upcoming Events in August and September
I hope you can join us for the following events this summer, and for a special workshop in the fall!
Dances inspired by “Kengo Kito: Unity on the Hudson”
Sunday, August 6
Hudson River Museum (Middle Level Galleries)
511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701
This event is free with general museum admission.
Sachiyo Ito & Company presents classical dances that express reverence for nature, and feature Sachiyo Ito’s solo contemporary works, which she choreographed: “To the Sea” and “Memories,” inspired by water, nature, and humanity, accompanied by a poetry reading. Sachiyo Ito will introduce the program with a demonstration of classical dance form and gestures. A Q&A session will conclude the program.
For more information, please visit the event page on
Culmination Performance of “Dance and Poetry of Japan” Workshop
Thursday, August 10
11:30 – 12:00pm
The Parlor at the Greenwich Senior Center
20 Washington Square North, New York
The program will present Renku (Linking Verses) along with dances choreographed by the workshop participants. A special guest, Beth Griffith, singer and actress, will join as a vocalist to accompany the dances. The dance “Sakura,” choreographed by Ito, will also be performed by participants and a member of the Company. The presentation will conclude with dance improvisation by Ito and the participants on Haiku stanzas from the audience. Audiences are invited to bring their own Haiku.
The program will be followed by a reception with beverages and snacks.
The Dance and Poetry of Japan Workshop is, in part, supported by Creative Learning administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in partnership with the NYCity Department of Cultural Affairs.
Fall Japanese Dance Workshops (Beginner and Advanced)
Beginner Workshop: Tuesdays in September and October starting on 9/5/2023
6:00 – 7:00pm
Advanced Workshop: Wednesdays in September and October starting on 9/6/2023
6:00 – 7:00pm
Sachiyo Ito and Company Studio
405 West 23rd Street, Suite 4G, New York, 10011
Beginner Workshop: how to dress in yukata/kimono; the basic movements of Japanese classical dance, as well as how to use a fan for expressive movement; and beginner dances from the classical Kabuki repertoire.
Advanced Workshop: dances from the Kabuki dance repertoire with more complex techniques than the Beginner Workshop. Advanced students can be trained to join the company for performing at cherry blossom festivals and other events in the spring of 2024.
Cost: $120 for the entire two-month workshop, paid in advance
Materials for the workshop: yukata or kimono with obi, and a dance fan. These can be purchased or rented from the Company if participants do not own them.
Limited to 5 participants
Registration deadline: 9/1/2023
Registration and Inquiry: email@example.com or visit the Sachiyo Ito and Company Website
場所: 伊藤さちよ舞踊団スタジオ405 west 23rd Street NYC（212-627-0265）
費用： 2ヶ月分 $120 / １クラス $20
Please enjoy the short clip of our parade at Japan Parade 2023!
I hope you had a great spring season.
Thank you for your support of our spring season, which has been a tremendous one for us with performances including the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, Bloomfest in Newark NJ, the Children’s Day Celebration at Japan Society, and the Japan Parade.
Please check out the short videos of our performances at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Weekends in Bloom event at our website: dancejapan.com. Our videos from the Japan Parade will be coming soon!
Below you will find information on two upcoming events: the program we are presenting at the Queens Library (both online and in person) and our workshop for seniors at the Greenwich House Center. We hope you can join us, and help spread the word about these events!
**Culture Bridge at Flushing Queens Library**
What Makes Japanese Art?
Talks, Performances, and Workshops on Thursday evenings from 6-7pm at the Queens Flushing Library (both in person and online presentations)
The third Installment: Sakura the Cherry blossom: the Favorite Flower of the Japanese as Expressed in Japanese Classical Dance.
Aesthetics of the cherry blossom as expressed in performing arts and literature will be discussed, followed by dance performance with the theme of cherry blossom.
Time: June 1, 2023, 6pm-7pm
Location: Flushing Queens Library、41-17Main Street, Flushing, NY
Meeting ID: 88497152533; Passcode: 0601
**Free Workshop for Seniors: Dance and Poetry of Japan**
Participants will learn the basics of Japanese classical dance, repertories of the 19th century Kabuki dance, and are introduced to Japanese poetry forms of Haiku, Waka, and Renku (linking verses), as well as learning how to dress Yukata/Kimono, and more about Japanese culture.
Also, participants have a chance to share dance and poetry as a public component. The goal is to enjoy sharing dance and poetry of Japan as well as learning about the Japanese culture, and to create a communal art of dance and poetry inspired by the Japanese tradition.
Date: Thursdays at 10:30am to 12pm From June 8 to August 10, 2023
Open to All Seniors, Accessible to those in wheelchairs
Location: Greenwich House Center on the Square at 20 Washington Square North, NY
What you need to bring: Socks, dance practice attire Yukata/Kimono, a dance fan. If you do not have them, they will be provided by the instructor; two cotton ties (10 feet each).
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org (212) 777-3555 X 106
Free Workshop of Dance and Poetry of Japan is supported, in part, by Creative Learning administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council with partnership with New York City Council.
場所：Flushing Queens Library、41-17Main Street, Flushing, NY
Meeting ID: 88497152533; Passcode: 0601
** シニア対象無料ワークショップ「日本の舞踊と詩歌」 **
場所: Greenwich House 20 Washington Square North、NY
登録： email@example.com (212) 777-3555 X 106
“Sachiyo Ito and Company Day” in the City of New York!
The Office of the Mayor has officially proclaimed October 23. 2011 as “Sachiyo Ito and Company Day” in the city of New York. [view proclamation]. The proclamation was presented to Sachiyo Ito and Company by the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg at the Anniversary concert.