Aya Kaneko was born in Osaka, Japan, and earned a vocational examination syllabus certificate at The Royal Academy of Dance in London. She went on to work with several ballet companies, projects, and schools as both a dancer and teacher in Osaka and Kobe. In 2006, she moved to New York City and performed for choreographers such as Aszure Barton, Dwight Rhoden, Edgar Zendejas, Helen Pickett, Milton Myers, and Tero Saarinen. Kaneko participated in The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Program in 2008 and 2009, where she received a full scholarship and the Professional Advancement in Dance Award. Kaneko studied Horton technique under Milton Myers and is currently his assistant/demonstrator at The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, The School at Jacob's Pillow, ImPulsTanz Dance Festival, Steps on Broadway, and Peridance. She also assists for company classes such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Philadanco.
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