Accomplished dancer spends semester with ACU Theatre Dept.

Posted September 23, 2013

Kei Tsuraharutani has traveled the world doing what he loves to do: dance.

Kei says the art form of dance allows people to more completely enjoy life while they express themselves, all with a better sense of body and mind. Teaching others about the joy he takes from his craft has become as much a passion as performing, and Kei says he welcomes the opportunity ACU has provided to teach young performers in a highly focused setting.

“I'm glad I can bring my professional experience from New York, Japan and everywhere else I've traveled here to Abilene Christian,” says Kei, who studied at the Free Way Dance Studio in his hometown of Osaka, Japan. “There are so many talented students who can sing and dance. If I'm able to push them to the next level, I'll take real pride in know their horizons have been broadened."

Kei is an accomplished, internationally recognized dancer who has performed around the world, at venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City; and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He has worked with renowned choreographers/directors Mark Morris, David McVicar and Andrew George, among others. Kei has appeared as a dancer at the Met in many shows, including the following:

  • Giulio Cesare
  • Les Troyens
  • Turandot
  • Madama Butterfly
  • Don Giovanni
  • Nixon in China

"It is a thrill for both our students and faculty to have Kei joining us for the semester," says Dr. Adam Hester, chair of ACU's Department of Theatre. "He is remarkably gifted as a dancer and as a teacher. Beyond that, Kei's professional work experience and training is already making a profound impact. We are truly grateful to see our students benefiting from everything he brings to our community."

"Kei's exceptional expertise coupled with his joy for teaching makes him a perfect fit," adds associate professor Dawne Meeks. "The students are inspired daily by his gifted guidance as they prepare to move into their professional theatre careers."

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