Yui Ugai was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She majored in drama at high school and studied dance and music at Kobe University. During her study in Kobe University, she performed in internationally well-known choreographer, Toru Shimazaki’s contemporary dance works, Patch Work, Here We Are, and Run. Yui obtained professional ballet training at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) under the tutelage of Owen Montague and Joannes H. Nuyts, and she was awarded a prize for excellence in dance by the magazine, Dance Dance Dance (DDD) in 2008. Yui holds BFA in Dance from York University in Toronto. She has danced and toured with York Dance Ensemble, Skindivers, Limitless Productions, Parahumans, The Little Pear Garden Collective, Ballet Creole, Kashe Dance Company, Anima Inc. (Mexico/Peru) in Japan, Taiwan, Jamaica, The United States and England. Yui has worked for The Toronto Blue Jays in the In-Game Promotion as a JForce since 2014 and actively performed in the festivals such as Nuit Blanche, Fringe Festival, WE DAY, Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, Dance Matters. Yui also focuses on the community engagement through dancing. She has performed Arts in the Parks with Ballet Creole and Porch View Dances with Kaeja d’Dance. In Japan, she produced the annual dance festival, "Dance Kotoen" sponsored by Nishinomiya City in order to support youth dance artists and community since 2011.
Thoughts About Art and Community
I believe I can provide a positive experience of creating dance piece for emerging dance artists and by showcasing their dance piece in public, people who is not familiar with dance performance can also have easy access to watch the dance in their community not only a theatre. Also, I am trying to make my own dance piece which speaks where I am from and what happened in my hometown in Hiroshima, Japan. So, through experience my dance piece, I would like to tell and educate the history of my country(Japan) and town(Hiroshima) to others and how we can make a peaceful community.
I hold a comtemporary dance workshop for Youth, the beginners for dance and professional dancers. Also, I have created a space for merging dance artists to explore their own artistery through workshop and give the opportunity to showcase their own work.