miya hisaka

With 35 years of experience as a dancer/choreographer, master teacher, producing artistic director, Pilates and Somatics personal trainer, Ms. Hisaka carries the legacy of some the world’s most renown dance leaders as she originally danced and/or trained with Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, Merce Cunningham, Mary Day of the Washington Ballet, and Gloria Contreras of La Taller Coreografico de La UNAM/Mexico City. She has trained hundreds of dancers who are current members of internationally renown companies, such as, American Ballet Theater, The Stuttgart Ballet, National Dutch Ballet, Hubbard Street, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Former Director of Dance at Georgetown University, the University of Central America Jose Simeon (La UCA) in El Salvador, and San Domenico Prep School in Marin, as well as Ballet Mistress at Catholic University. Former faculty at The Washington School of Ballet, Joy of Motion Dance Center, George Washington University, University of San Francisco, Alonzo King’s San Francisco Dance Center, Margaret Swarthout’s Marin Dance Theatre, and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. In El Salvador, on faculty of the National School of Dance, Founder/Artistic Director of El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador; and creator of The Center for Leadership in the Arts, now a part of the Ministry of Education. She is also a certified Pilates Instructor and a personal trainer, formerly at the Claremont.

Ms. Hisaka has produced over 950 productions worldwide as well as was one of President Obama’s Producers for The White House Latin Concert Series. Her work has been commissioned by The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian, The Central American Olympics, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Cleveland Clinic for Arts and Medicine, to mention a few. She has created original works with musical icons, Sting, and Bobby McFerrin; and has served as a cultural ambassador for the State Department for 20 years, completing a 200-city world tour.

Miya believes dance is about community and making it accessible to everyone! She believes that adult students want results by working hard but also having fun; that dance is about finding one’s own self-expression; and is a physical, intellectual, spiritual and artistic journey. Her life commitment has been social justice and multiculturalism in the arts, to cross all cultural barriers through her dances, and to work towards excellence in the arts. She is currently Sr. Faculty/Director of ITUB at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and Founder/Producing Artistic Director of her Company, El Teatro, and she is thrilled to become a part of this wonderful and unique Purusha family.  www.teatrodedanza.org

Holistic Services: Holistic Yoga Coaching

Specialties: Pilates, Somatic Movement, Dance (all types)