About the Performer
Satomi Hirano is a Japanese classical dancer and instructor residing in Orlando, Florida. She began her dance instruction in Tokyo at the age of four. She studied under Master Kichifuji Wakayagi and the late Kisaho Wakayagi. At the age of 16, she received the title Master Fujichiho Wakayagi. She danced “Sagi Musume” for her inauguration, and began her career as a master classical dance teacher in Sasaduka, Tokyo. Following a move to the US, she resumed teaching in Orlando, Florida. Her specialty – Wakayagi-Ryu – is one of the five main classifications of Japanese dance styles. Through her mastery of classical Japanese dance (nihon buy?), coupled with her certification in Yamano-style kimono dressing, she is dedicated to revive and spread traditional Japanese culture. She has performed at various venues, including the Morikami Museum. She is also the presenter for Morikami’s Kimono (kitsuke) Demonstrations.
Sponsored by Toshiba International Foundation.