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Masako Ono [Odissi Exponent]

Masako started dancing at the age of 4 under Masako Yokoi, the only Japanese modern dance graduate from the Martha Graham Dance School, USA.
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She additionally trained in western classical ballet at the Matusuyama Ballet, Tokyo; jazz and hip hop at the k-boadway dance center, Tokyo.

In 1996, Masako joined Nrityagram, the dance village started by the noted Odissi dancer, late Protima Gauri Bedi, and won a scholarship for her studies. She received training in Odissi from Surupa Sen and Bijayani Satpathy and attended classes in Yoga, Kalaripayattu and Mayurbhanj Chhau. She also participated in workshops held at Nrityagram by Wolfgang Theatre, Paul Taylor 2 Company, The Expressions, Asha Coorwala and Robert Williams.

Subsequently she has been living in Orissa where she received further training in Odissi from Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Guru Ramani Ranjan Jena, and guru Naba Kishore Mishra.

In 2007, she joined a contemporary dance project involving Boi Sakti and performed in 4 countries in Asia.

She has performed and given lecture-demonstrations and workshops in India, Japan, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. She has performed for the former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Junichiro Koizumi in 2005 and the former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe in 2006.


C-30, Palashpalli,
Orissa, India
mobile: 91-(0)99370-13707, or 91-(0)98715-66864