Rieko Okada

Ballet for Dancers

04.12. + 06.12.2023, 14:00 – 15:30

Training for Dancers




Born in Tokyo, Japan. Rieko Okada started her training in Tokyo, and continued her education at Palos Verdes Ballet under the direction of Uta Graf-Apostol and at San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Lola de Ávila. After completing her training at San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin, she joined Star Dancers Ballet 2003-2007 in Tokyo. Has performed the repertory of Balanchine, Tudor, Sir Peter Wright, Felix Ruckert, and Minoru Suzuki, among others. As a freelance dancer, she performed the works of various Choreographers and also at La Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale Della Danza 2009 under the direction of Ismael Ivo. She is based in Berlin since 2011, worked on several projects with dancers, musicians, photographers, painters, and among other artists. In recent years working on her projects as a choreographer.

Also been a certified Pilates trainer since 2013. She has been teaching at Center of Dance, Studio29, and among other schools and studios. Recently was a guest teacher at Saarländisches Staatstheater in 2022.

Class Description

The focus of my class begins at the barre, where we work to build the body efficiently from an anatomical perspective using Pilates principles of flow, generous breathing, and core-driven movement. Bringing this into the center work, developing those ideas to focus on dynamic, multi-dimensional, and rhythmical movement with added energy and individual expression.

Photo Credits: ©Katja Hiendlmayer ©Darragh Hehir