Osamu Uehara

Osamu_PAE_FlowersOsamu Uehara has a BA in Music/Theatre/Physics/Mathematics from Cornell University. After studying Dramatic Art at UC Berkeley, he received an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His eclectic background includes the modern training of Viola Farber, Erick Hawkins and Lester Horton, Canadian Ballet Jazz, Ukrainian and Hungarian folk dance, contact work and improvisation, as well as Cecchetti, RAD, Balanchine and Vagonova ballet. He danced with numerous classical companies including Evansville Dance Theatre, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Berkeley Conservatory Ballet and for 10 years with New York Theatre Ballet where he was featured on the cover of Dancemagazine in 1990. He worked with numerous choreographers including Andrew Jannetti, Mark DeGarmo, Barry Martin, Wendy Osserman, Patricia Nicholson Parker, Sasha Spielvogel, as well as collaborating with Dancemagazine photographer Dave Fullard, Berlin based video artist Diego Agull and violinist Janice Martin. He has appeared in works of Kurt Joos, Anthony Tudor, Jose Limon, Anna Sokolow, Sophie Maslow, Ruby Shang, Glen Tetley, Robert North, Ohad Naharin and Kevin Wynn.

He studied Bournonville style and technique both in the US and Denmark, and was invited to teach Cecchetti Method and Bournonville repertory at the Compagnie de Dance Hallet-Eghayan in Lyons and the Academy of Performing Arts on Cape Cod. He currently teaches using the Paris Opera method (as taught by Gerard Sibritt and Serge Golovine) merged with the pedagogic method of Margaret Craske as a means of integrating the seemingly disparate ideas of Italian, Russian, Danish, English and American classical training along with American modern dance into an understandable continuum for students.

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The original Company Associate for Chen & Dancers and an Associate Director of BernierDance he is currently Artistic Associate for the American Ballet Russe, Managing Director of NYC’s Folk Dance Theatre and an Assistant Director of Performing Arts Ensemble. In addition to staging the works of HT Chen, Ruby Shang and Donald Mahler and assisting Cindy Bernier, FDT’s Barbara Hazlett, and PAE’s Evelyn Gardell, he has staged full-length productions of La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, Sylvia, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Fille Mal Gardee, Raymonda, and Cinderella for the Great Neck School of Dance, where he has taught ballet to all levels of children and teens for 20 years.

He has also staged excerpts from Konservatoriet, Napoli, La Sylphide, Kermesse i Bruges, divertissements such as Paquita, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre; Ukrainian, Hungarian, Gypsy, and Central Asian folk dances and original productions of Nutcracker, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Carnival of the Animals, Snow Queen, Firebird and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Trained as a musician and schooled in lighting and theatrical design, he also handles the costuming, music editing and technical requirements of his companies. He has provided costumes and properties not only for ABR, PAE, FDT and BernierDance, but also for Mark DeGarmo, Wendy Osserman, Kathryn Posin, and many others. Since being appointed writer for Chen & Dancers’ NEA/Advancement program in 1990, he has become increasingly involved in administration. Currently the grants liaison for PAE, he was also a co-curator and lighting designer for BernierDance’s annual CT Meets NY Dance Fest and Artists for Peace.

He feels privileged to have had the unique experience of studying with artists spanning 4 generations including Anton Dolin, Marina Svetlova, Anna Youskevitch, Vladimir Doukodovsky, Niels Bjorn Larssen, Martha Clarke, Robert Blankshine, Robert Denvers, Sallie Wilson, Allegra Kent, Nanette Glushak, John Prinz, Evee Lynn, Kirk Peterson, Dick Andros and Loren Hightower.