Originally from Tokyo Japan, Kae Sakurai has a background in Ballet and Contemporary Dance (Graham Method). Kae first became interested in Scottish Dance when aged 18, first through Country Dancing in Tokyo and developed her interest in Highland Dance. She competed in Japan, Scotland and U.S.A. and qualified as a Highland Dance teacher in 1995. She taught Highland Dancing in Tokyo for 8 years before moving to Scotland in 2005. Since then she took up Scottish Step Dancing, studying in Scotland and Cape Breton.

She has run a step dance group, the Kelvingrove Dancers since 2008, organising step dance events, workshops, and inviting national and international guest tutors. Kae met Nic Gareiss in 2015 and he has encouraged Kae to start choreographing steps which has led to collaborations with musicians and bands, including Janet Lees, Corran Raa, Ainsley Hamill, Barluath and Kath Bruce. She performed with Barluath in Celtic Connections 2017 and Fringe Festival in 2016 & 2017. Kae has set-up the ‘Sound of Dance’ project with contemporary fiddler, Janet Lees and now expanded the project with between percussive dancers, Aneta Dortova, Jennifer Org and Lora Abe.

As a leading role of the project, Kae also met Jen Wren, artistic director of Slanjayvah Danza and they agreed to work together. The first joint application was accepted by ‘the Work Room’ and got an offer for a week-long residency.

Her goal is to explore the communication between dancer and musician in live