As a bay area native, Casey Kitazumi started her dance training at the age of three. Throughout her life she has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and acro. Currently Casey is a BFA candidate at San Jose State University and is a company member of UDT. At San Jose State, she studied under Heather Cooper, Raphael Boumaila, Mark Foehringer, Dominique Serapio, Jill Yager and most recently Chafin Seymour. She has also had the opportunity to work with guest artists such as Paul Vickers, Mike Esperanza, Kyle Abraham & Company (AIM), Sean Dorsey Dance, Gallim and Rickey Trip. Casey has danced with several companies in the Bay Area including The Fancy Dancers, Acuity and Cabaret San Jose. In 2017 Casey became a member of PERSpectives Dance Company under the direction of Lindsey McLevis. Casey has also been a member of ArcTangent Dance Company since its inception in 2018.
Casey began teaching in 2014 and has loved it ever since. “As a dancer and dance educator, I believe in providing a space that is open to all ideas and thoughts. I want students to be involved in the process of creating, teaching, and learning just as much as I am. I want them to feel comfortable and confident to let their creativity grow and develop, while still finding ways of challenging their minds and strengthening their bodies. My mission is to encourage a long-lasting love and appreciation for the art of dance through not only physical aspects, but the life skills that can be learned as well. I want my students to thrive and succeed in the world we live in now, but also encourage them to succeed in creating a better world that doesn’t exist quite yet.”