Yui Ugai

majored in drama at high school and studied dance and music at Kobe University. Yui obtained professional ballet training at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) under the tutelage of Owen Montague and Joannes H. Nuyts, and she was awarded a prize for excellence in dance by the magazine, Dance Dance Dance (DDD) in 2008. Yui holds a BFA in Dance from York University in Toronto. She has danced with York Dance Ensemble, Skindivers, Limit- less Productions, Parahumans, The Little Pear Garden Collective, Ballet Creole, KasheDance Company, Anima Inc. and The Toronto Blue Jays. Yui also has her career as an actress and worked with the Hollywood casting director Yoko Narahashi. Yui was a heroine for the short film “Raptura”premiered in imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival at TIFF and ReelWorld Film Festival. In Japan, she has pro- duced the annual dance event, “Dance Kotoen”sponsored by Nishinomiya City in order to support youth dance artists and the community since 2011. Ms. Ugai  is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance.