International Program

Dance Esteem members exchange program visiting Japan

Japan Cultural Exchange Program

Our 9th year took place in the summer of 2023.

Our Cultural Exchange program with Sanae Hara Modern Dance Academy in Shizuoka, Japan began in 2004. This means that MoBu' students and Sanae Hara's students perform at each other’s annual performance. This exchange program’s goal is to create the opportunity for students to experience different cultures and people through dance.

Requirements for participation: The program is offered to all students who are committed to dance and want to work hard. They must be going into 6th grade or above, with more than 5 years of participation in the program and take ballet class along with Takami’s class. This has become a popular program. The limit is 10 dancers and there is often a waitlist. Waitlist students get the first chance to take a spot in the following trip.

Past Trips: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2023. Next trip will be in the summer of 2025, our 10th!

Mexico Cultural Exchange Program

This program started in 2015. Takami met director Cecilia Lugo of Mexico City’s Contempodanza - Center for the Professional Development of Contemporary Dancers at the Prague Dance Festival in 2014.

Past Trips: 2015 & 2017

International Dance Festival

International Dance Festivals are a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world, learn new dance techniques, participate in master classes, perform on stage to showcase our style and explore a new country together. DancEsteem teens have participated in the Prague International Dance Festival three times over the past decade. Many festivals have started to emerge all over the world and Director Takami will look for an exciting opportunity coming up for MoBu dancers to participate in.

Past Trips

The Prague International Dance Festival

  • 2010 (7 dancers, 2nd place choreography)
  • 2014 (8 dancers, 3rd place choreography, and City of Prague Awards)
  • 2018 (5 dancers, 3rd place choreography)

Interested to learn more about the International Program? Please contact Takami