Photography by Dana Golan
Akira Uchida is a dancer, choreographer, creative director and teacher.

Hello - This is me. I'm originally from Ottawa, Canada, and now based in NYC, with a 6-year stop in Toronto on the way. One of my biggest passions is to manifest new ideas. I’m invigorated by the creative process; taking a creative impulse, however subtle and actualizing it into a complete work. I love stretching my creative capabilities and making new discoveries. Movement is currently the main medium of expression for my work, though I’m actively exploring how it can intersect with other creative mediums such as film, animation, fashion and photography. Growing up with both parents as fitness instructors throughout the peak of the early 90s aerobics craze undeniably left a mark on my penchant for high energy dance music, which is notable in my style. I tend to incorporate groove into my movement as it represents to me a universal language of dance, accessible to all. I like to honour the middle space; the space between two opposing ideas, or even the space of convergence between many different ideas. This middle space helps me explore the tension in queer experience, mixed-race identity, masculinity and femininity, and broader questions about time and evolution.

I’ve danced in music videos for Sam Smith, Dragonnete, Blake McGrath and have choreographed videos for HAAi, Lights, Ria Mae, Tyler Shaw. I’ve presented work at the Capezio Ace Awards, Battery Dance Festival, Boulder Dance Film Festival and created work for the Joffrey Ballet School and the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. I travel to teach and share my passion for movement with dancers across North America as a faculty member on JUMP Dance Convention. I'm grateful to offer the upcoming generation of dancers my knowledge about movement and dance as a tool for self-growth and realization. Outside of my time working on projects in NYC, I’m a board member at Share The Movement, a non-profit dedicated to uplifting and providing opportunity to young BIPOC dancers. When I’m not researching new ideas, you can find me exploring a new neighborhood by bike, reading, learning a new creative skill — anything to stretch my mind.
Check out my social media to keep in touch with my new projects.
Want to connect? I’d love to hear from you.

Representation:
Box Artist Management // ben@boxartistmanagement.com
Agency: BLOC NYC