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Aiko Kinoshita

Aiko has been to Beloit to thrill the students and community on several occasions. Her company, AcornDance, has performed in the Wright Museum of art and the Wilson Theater. She has taught master classes, choreographed dances for our students to perform and led dance improvisation performances for various spaces on campus including commons and the mounds. In fall 2005 she will be on campus for the entire semester.

Aiko Kinoshita moved to the Seattle area in 1998, after receiving her Master's of Fine Art Degree in Dance from the University of Illinois. She is director of AcornDance, a dance production company based in Seattle, WA dedicated to strengthening the national and international network of independent dance artists through collaborative productions between Seattle artists and visiting artists. These productions may include performances, classes and lectures in Seattle and the home communities of visiting artists. Notable AcornDance Projects include, Journeys Down the River Performances (1999) with guest artist from Illinois; Chasing Tales (2000) with guest artists from Chicago, New York, and San Francisco w/ performances in Chicago and Seattle; TradeWinds Dance Project (2001) with guest artists from Seattle, Chicago, Madison (WI), Japan, and Korea with performances in Seattle, Chicago, Wisconsin, and a festival appearance in Japan; HERE (2002) with artists from Seattle and Wisconsin, and 3 (2004) with Seattle artists.

Aiko is also a member of Lingo dancetheater (Artistic Director, KT Niehoff): an interdisciplinary performing ensemble, performing their adventurous and athletic works of dance theater around the world. Aiko was also a Founding Member of Left Field Dance Collective until 2005, producing collaboratory evenings of dance, music and performance in non-traditional spaces. Aiko has also performed with numerous independent choreographers in Seattle and elsewhere.

Aiko's work has been seen nationally as well internationally at festivals in Victoria and Duncan B.C. Canada, Korea, and Japan. She has received support from Allied Arts, King County Arts Commission (now 4Culture) and the Bossak-Heilbron Charitable Foundation, as well as from individuals. In 2004 she was co-recipient with dancer, Sarah Gamblin of a Flight Deck Residency at Open Flight Studio in Seattle.

Aiko's teaching experience includes modern and ballet at the university level as well as all ages and levels of ballet including Royal Academy of Dance syllabus classes. She has been on the faculty of the Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Intensive sin 2000. Currently, she teaches modern dance at Velocity Dance Center, where she is also the Managing Director. As Managing Director of Velocity, a 10,000 square foot facility with three spaces including a theater and over 20 classes weekly, Aiko is responsible for the daily running of the business. Among other responsibilities, she oversees scheduling and rental of the space and contributes to programming, grants management, organizational and development strategies and Board development. Aiko also coordinates various on-going programming offered through the facility.