UTAFUMI TAKEMURA received her BFA with honors in dance from State University of New York at Purchase and her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she was a recipient of the Siedman Award for Dance. She has performed and taught nationally and internationally with numerous choreographers. In 2010, she received the New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” with Pam Tanowitz Dance. She has had the honor of performing with Mark Morris Dance Group in "The Hard Nut" since 1993 and in "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato" since 2002. Takemura has been dancing and working with Dance for PD® since 2010.