Yayoi Kambara, joined AXIS Dance Company as Rehearsal Director in 2015. Born in Tokyo Japan, she was raised in the Bay Area and Surrey, England. She holds a B.A in East Asian Studies from Lawrence University and a B.F.A in Dance Performance from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In the Bay Area she has danced for STEAMROLLER Dance Company, Flyaway Productions, Project Bandaloop, Sara Shelton Mann, and Scott Wells. She has been a company member of ODC/Dance since 2003. When she is not dancing or creating dances for others, she is spending time with husband Rick, their two beautiful daughters, two dogs, and the world's oldest rabbit who eats an all-organic diet of greens.
In her own words, “I believe the movement of dance grounds us to the reality of the human condition, and can elevate both the dancer and the audience to a state of hopefulness where society's ills seem surmountable.”