When Chika and Mina dance together they’re all about the dance.
Their styles are very unique, they’re very beautiful, and their energy is infectious.
But there’s one thing that’s also missing from Chika’s and Mins’ repertoire: the perfect choreography.
And now there’s a solution.
Chika has a master’s degree in dance from the University of Michigan and has been working on the choreography of Chika, her dance partner, for more than five years.
She’s worked with some of the world’s top dance companies, but this project is her own, and her skills are honed through a long and varied career.
In her free time, she enjoys playing with her children and doing gymnastics.
And for the past five years, she has been creating the perfect dance routine for her two dancing students to learn to dance with.
This is the first time Chika is making it easy for her students to get on stage, too.
“I’ve always thought it would be great to get my students involved in something more,” says Chika.
“But, as much as I love teaching, it just feels like it’s not the right time for me to be teaching.”
And that’s where the choreographer comes in.
Mina is a student at the University College of London, and when Chika asked her if she could help with choreography, she said, “Absolutely!
We’ll see what happens!”
The dance team is making a few changes to the routine, to make it more accessible and effective for the students.
“This is the only time we’re going to have them all on the same stage at the same time,” says Mina.
“So they’re going from one side to the other.
It’s going to be a lot of fun!”
Chika said that she was really excited to get to work with the choreographers, but she wasn’t entirely sure how the whole thing would turn out.
“We were a little nervous, but it was actually quite easy to get into it,” she says.
“The choreographers have a huge amount of experience, so it’s really exciting to see how well it’s going.”
So, what’s the problem?
The students aren’t really dancers, so they’re not really experts on the dance steps.
But they’re pretty good at reading and understanding the music and the cues that are in the choreographic sequence.
But as Mina says, “the problem is that we’re not very good at making our own choreography.”
And what about Chika?
Chika isn’t a great dancer, but Mina said that her students really loved watching her and were excited to work on choreography together.
Chikas choreography is her passion.
“She’s always got a smile on her face, and she really knows how to use the music, so she’s really the one who’s getting things done,” says Phoebe.
“When you watch her, you feel like you’re really dancing with a human being.
And she’s such a beautiful person to dance to.”
So Mina and Phoeb are making some changes to Chikas choreography so that it’s easier for them to learn and to see what Chika does well.
They’re also adding some new parts to her routine to make sure that it fits into the rest of the team’s choreography plan.
“That’s all for now,” says Dr. Mika.
But she hopes that the project will be a success.
“Chika has such a strong spirit,” says PhD student Phoeben.
“Her passion is contagious, and it’s contagious all the time.
And if it all goes well, she’ll be able to do a lot more dancing in the future.”