Title: Dancer, Educator, Stage Director
Location: New York, New York, United States
Takako Asakawa Richards, Dancer, Educator, Stage Director, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in dance.
Noted for her abilities as a dancer, Ms. Asakawa believes her success is due to being deeply involved in dance and looking inward to focus on the performance. Her success as a dancer has culminated in decades of iconic work, such as her time as a principal dancer for the legendary contemporary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. In addition to working for the Martha Graham Dance Co., Ms. Asakawa was also a key performer with Lar Lubovitch, Alvin Ailey and Pearl Lang. Throughout the years, she has dedicated her talent and passion for dance as an educator and director, serving as a guest teacher at numerous schools and universities around the world. She has taught at The Juilliard School, and directed programs at the Paris Opera Ballet Company, the American Ballet Theater, the Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam and co-founded the Asakawalker Dance Company.
Exhibiting an abundance of energy as a child, Ms. Asakawa’s parents enrolled her in dance school where she soon fell in love with the art form. As she continued to study and learn dance, she became more immersed in the community. As a young teenager, she saved up her money so she could watch a dance company perform. A few years later, she moved to New York to continue studying dance, where she then received a scholarship and joined a company. Some of her notable roles in dance include the role of Eliza in “The King and I,” and performing on the television show the “Bell Telephone Hour.” She was previously a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists.
Ms. Asakawa was named one of the Legendary Woman of America by St. Vincent’s Hospital. She created the Asakwalker Dance Company with her former husband, David Walker. Debuting their 12-member group at Japan House in the late 1970s, Ms. Asakawa and her former husband were the subject of much acclaim by the likes of such publications as The New York Times. Ms. Asakawa has now been happily married to Paul Richards since 1990. She and her husband spend their time working on their foundation helping others.
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