Kae Sakurai

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Kae is a qualified Highland Dance teacher and a member of SDTA (Scottish Dance Teachers' Alliance). With a background also in Ballet and Contemporary dance (Graham Method), Kae has become increasingly interested in Step Dancing since moving to Scotland. She runs a community step dance group 'Kelvingrove Dancers' in Glasgow and facilitates dance workshops, events and retreats inviting guest tutors internationally. She is also fiddler & caller with the Ardoch Ceilidh Band and Kelvingrove Ceilidh Band.

Her major project, the Sound of Dance is with which she aims to create a contemporary form of artistic expression using percussive dance. She has collaborated with musicians, bands and dancers; Janet Lees, Corran Raa, Ainsley Hamill, Barluath, Donald Lindsey, Wallace Calvert, Riko Matsuoka, Michael Smith, Lucie Hendry, Aneta Dortova, Jennifer Oag and Lora Abe.

In 2021, she made a dance film Antagata Doko Sa (Where are you from) with Monika Smekot (TWR member). The film was officially selected by Screen.Dance Scotalnd's Festival of Dance on Screen as a part of DanceLive21 and screened. Special mention by Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival and Honorable mention by London International Monthly Film Festival.

Currently working with Monika Smekot to develop a new solo performance 'Bloom'. The proposed production is mixed media, live step dance and music with screen images, dance & music. The idea is to be interactive between live dance and music and screening. TWR flexible remote residency in 2022. Residency and performance at Rami d'ORA, Piateda Italy in 2023.

Kae is a qualified bookkeeper as well as a performing artist. Kae understands the bookkeeping needs of artists and arts organisations. She set up Arts and Accounts in 2019 after 11 years as Finance Officer with Scottish Ballet. She has a wide experience of finance in the Arts and can bring her experience to help you manage your finances.