Takeaki was born in Japan, and started his dance training at the age of 7 under Mrs. Mika Tamaru at the International Ballet Academy in Hiroshima. He went on to study at the Goh Ballet School from 2005 – 2008, before moving on to the Academy de Dance Princess Grace where he graduated in 2011 with a Certificate of Honour. He received a full scholarship to continue his studies at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater (PBT) Graduate programme from 2011 to 2013. He danced in various repertoires at PBT including Don Quixote, Serenade, The Nutcracker, and Coppélia.

He also won awards including a Bronze medal at the Youth America Grand Prix San Francisco Regionals 2009, and at the Genee International Ballet Competition 2009.

Takeaki joined the Atlantic City Ballet Company from 2013 to 2015, where he took on soloist and principal roles in repertoires like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula and Bournonville Divertissements

Takeaki joined Singapore Dance Theatre as an Artist in January 2016 and has performed in Don Quixote, The Nutcracker as well as Peter & Blue Go Around the World, A Folk Tale Pas de Sept in Bournonville Divertissements, Age of Innocence, Symphony in Three Movements, Another Energy and Jabula.

Interview with Takeaki