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JUNICHI FUKUDA - artistic director/ choreographer

Junichi Fukuda

Junichi Fukuda holds a BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory and has been a member of Ballet Tech/NY, Oakland Ballet, Smuin Ballet/SF, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the New York Baroque Dance Company, Nejla Yatkin’s NY2 Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company where he was featured in numerous principal roles. Back in New England, Junichi became a member of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre while he maintains his choreographic journey.  

 

Junichi was the recipient of the 2012 S&R Washington Award and the Dance Place’s 2012 New Releases Choreographer Commission. His choreography has been presented at 18MASDANZA in Spain, Dance St. Louis’ The Spring to Dance Festival, DanceNow at Joe’s Pub Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. Junichi has been commissioned to create new works for Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (Trinitus, April 2013), for Bowen McCauley Dance (Segments, March 2014), and general staging/choreography for Opera (Jeanne: a story of the woman, September 2015, named as best in dance of 2015 by the Arts Fuse). At its premiere, dance critic Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post called Segments “the evening’s chief pleasure” and went on to say “Fukuda knew exactly what he was doing here: creating a work of easeful harmony...bringing to mind freedom and flight…The real credit was due to Fukuda’s modest, tasteful proposal.”  Junichi is a recipient of 2016 Bates Dance Festival’s Emerging Choreographer Residency, Dance Complex’s 2016 CATALYSTS Artist Residency, Somerville Arts Council’s Professional Development, New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund, and a winner of the 2017 Boston Dance Alliance Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship.

 

 

HARUKA TAMURA - dancer

 

Haruka Tamura was born in Tokyo, Japan, and started training at the age of 5. She was a scholarship student at University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance Performance under direction of Stephen Pier in 2014. She also spent her training in summer intensives at Boston Ballet and Atlanta Ballet.

In her time at Hartt, there she performed Martha Graham’s “Dark Meadow Suite: They Who Dance Together” at The Joyce Soho in New York as an original cast member of Peggy Lyman-Hayes’ 2011 revision and as the lead dancer “Eliza” in “The King and I” at The Muny, St. Louis, in 2012. Some of her most memorable roles include the lead in “Paquita”, Balanchine’s “Who Cares”, “Four Temperaments”, and numerous contemporary works by choreographers such as Helen Pickett, Emory Lecrone, Viktor Plotnikov, and Charlotte Griffin. She is a Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship Recipient (2011-2012).

 

Upon graduating she worked with Gwen Rakotovao Company and was offered a contract with José Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2014. In addition to performing, she is a faculty member at JMBT School and The Brookline Ballet School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BETSY BOXBERGER - dancer

 

Betsy Boxberger trained under Victoria Lyras and Roberta Wong at Indianapolis School of Ballet. She graduated from Duke University with a double Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Environmental Policy. She received the Clay Taliaferro Dance Award and the Julia Wray Dance Award from the Duke Dance Program. This past summer, she trained on scholarship at the Boston Conservatory under Kurt Douglas and Gianni Di Marco.

 

Betsy has performed as a guest artist with Dance Kaleidoscope and the Indianapolis School of Ballet, and as a company member with Ballet Quad Cities. Featured roles include the lead soloist in Gerald Arpino’s Reflections, Second Violin in Concerto Barocco, the lead girl in Valse Fantasie, Raymonda in Raymonda, and George Balanchine’s Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker. She was recently honored with the Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Betsy currently dances at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.