Kimiko Yanagida, Odissi dancer, has been training for nineteen years, under Guru S.C. Swain, who lives in Odisha, India.

One of her unique experiences is having worked for an Indian state government office, the Science and Technology Department of Odisha, for two years (1993-1995).

She has researched dance philosophy and dance aesthetics at the National Nara Women's University.

From 1995 Kimiko has been teaching Odissi dance to the public and now is head of her own dance troupe "Chandrika' which means "Moonlight.'

Since 2005, she has been teaching her program of classes entitled “Rhythmic Dance Expression” at the National Nara Women's University.

She has given many dance performances in Japan including at Ise-Jingu Shrine and the National Ethnology Museum, as well as internationally, in India, the USA and Germany.

She keeps close contact with Indian culture and community by assisting the Indian Consulate.

Kimiko Yanagida has also assisted many dancers from overseas so as to be able to perform in Japan. Mostly recently, was Padmashri Astad Deboo in India.



Educational Qualification B.A. in educational science from the National Nara Women's University, majoring in dance aesthetics
Training Undergone Training in the basics of western classical ballet for 12 years from a tender age
Training in contemporary dance & choreography for 4 years in Nara Women's University 5 years training under the late Guru Hare Krishna Behera (Delhi) in Odissi 19 years of rigorous training under Guru Subash Chandra Swain (Odisha) in Odissi, developing the finer nuances of this art form and vastly enriching one's technique as well as repertoire. This training continues.
Performances in Japan Lecture & Demonstration at the National Ethnology Museum, Osaka in 2000 and at the National Nara Museum in 2003 & 2006
Performances given at principal temples & shrines in Japan such as Todaiji-temple, Toshodaiji-temple (Nara), Tsukijihonganji-temple (Tokyo) Ise-shrine(Mie)
Performances in India Performances for Oriya Doordarshan (National Broadcasting in India) in 1996 & 2000
Performance at Rabindra Bharati University (Kolkata) in 2001
Performance at Bhartya Bhasha Parishad (Kolkata) in 2002
Performance at International Odissi Dance Festival at Bhubaneswar(Odisha, India) in 2006
Performance at Visakhapatnam (Andra,India) in 2010
Performances in other countries Performance at Asian Pacific week Berlin 2003 by invitation from the Tagore-Einstain Council, Germany
Perfoemance at Hope College at Michigan, U.S.A in 2007
Employment in India Orissa Computer Application Centre under The Science & Technology Department, Government of Orissa (1993-95)
Employment in Japan As a lecturer in the National Nara Women’s University (2005-)