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Kanji Segawa

Kanji Segawa was a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2011-2024. Originally from Japan, he began his dance training with his mother, Erika Akoh, and studied ballet with Kan and Ju Horiuchi in Tokyo. In 1997, Mr. Segawa was awarded the Japanese Government Artist Fellowship to train at The Ailey School and became a member of Ailey II under the direction of Sylvia Waters from 2000-2002. He was a member of Battleworks from 2002-2010, and he danced extensively with Mark Morris from 2004-2011, appearing with Mark Morris Dance Group and performing as a principal dancer in Nixon in China at the Metropolitan Opera House. Over the last two decades, Mr. Segawa has been a master teacher and choreographed for educational institutions including American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School, Metropolitan Ballet Academy, New World School of the Arts, New York University, University of Arizona, University of Richmond, among others. He has taught and choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2021 Virtual Spring Gala, the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, The Ailey School, and Ailey Camp. He also led The Ailey Trio, an outreach program presented by Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey from 2014-2023. Additionally, Mr. Segawa has assisted Robert Battle in staging his works for many institutions and companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, and The Royal Ballet School in London, UK. Since 1999, he has been Creative Associate for choreographer Jessica Lang, assisting and staging her creations around the world including for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and The National Ballet of Japan, among others.