LAINIE SAKAKURA teaching artist, choreographer, writer, director, and mother.


Mother of 2 beautiful children and a passionate co-chair of William Sherman Elementary PS 87 Culture & Community Committee which promotes multicultural awareness in our community through performing arts.


Teaching Career of over 25 years including American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, New York University, CAP 21, University of the Arts, Jacob's Pillow, Steps NYC, Broadway Dance Center, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Center, CCCEPA, New Jersey Ballet, and my own school, Dance Theatre Arts in CA where I developed a successful curriculum for toddlers, pre-professionals, and adults. I have experience teaching children with learning and emotional challenges that include ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, aspergers, and visual impairment. Currently adjunct professor at Pace University and NYU Tisch - New Studio on Broadway.


Professional Performing Career started with joining Ballet Hispanico in 1988 after training with San Francisco Ballet for 8 years. Since then, has been in the Original Cast of 6 Broadway shows (including THE KING AND I starring Ken Watanabe, FOSSE, CHITA RIVERA, THE DANCER'S LIFE). Also in NYC: Radio City Music Hall Rockette; Metropolitan Opera; 3 City Center Encores!


Choreographer - Recipient of the 2015 Joe Callaway Award for Best Choreography - Off Broadway RED EYE OF LOVE with co-choreographer Alex Sanchez; Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Choreography - DAMN YANKEES and Nominated for Best Choreography - HOT MIKADO both at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago. Recently choreographed THE LITTLE DANCER at Theatre 71, NYC and soon choreographing ONCE at the Pioneer Theatre, Salt Lake City.


Currently developing a new musical, CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET. A musical adaptation of the NY Times Best Seller, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.



1999 Tony Awards FOSSE, Winner Best Musical

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