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Yasuko Tokunaga

Immediate Past Director

As former Boston Conservatory Dance Division Director and artistic director and producer of The Boston Conservatory Dance Theater, Yasuko Tokunaga has amassed a world-class faculty with performances based in the classics of ballet and modern, as well as premiering cutting edge choreography in dance. In 1993, Tokunaga received the City of Boston's Pro Arts Public Service in the Arts Award. In the spring of 2000, she received the "2000 Outstanding Faculty Award" from The Boston Conservatory students. She has been listed countless times in Who's Who Among America's Teachers and has served as a dance panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), on the Board of Directors for Boston Dance Alliance and on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City. She frequently presents at national high schools, colleges and professional conferences.

Tokunaga performed in high school with the company now known as Ballet West under the artistic direction of William Christensen. Anna Sokolow saw her at age 16 in a master class and recommended that she attend The Juilliard School, from which she graduated and from where she received the first Rockette Alumni Award in ballet. With her sister, Emiko Tokunaga, she was the co-founder and co-artistic director of the New York City-based Tokunaga Dance Ko (TDK), a company of dancers and musicians that received numerous meritorious awards from the United States, Japan and Norway. In 1975, TDK opened a New York dance studio that offered ballet and modern dance classes based in the Tokunaga Technique, a coordinated team teaching method which originated at The Boston Conservatory. Dance Magazine recognized this unique pedagogy in May 1976 and again in February 1992. In 1983, the Tokunagas were featured in “Teachers-of-the-Month” in New York's Attitude: The Dancer's Monthly.

Tokunaga has choreographed over 50 works, which have been included in companies in Atlanta, Boston, New York, North Carolina and Norway. She is a published author in Dance Magazine, among other periodicals.

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