Kana Sato

Associate Movement Teacher

Kana Sato has been a professional in the fields of the performing arts and bodywork for over 20 years.

"The actor's body should be like a tuning fork- in such a way that it will reverberate in response to another vibration in the room without effort; which can happen only when it's free of tension and clutter."

Kana is an actor, dancer, physical performer, choreographer, and has been a member of the TKS Movement faculty since 2016. She has also taught at Maggie Flanigan Studio, Future Theatre Artists program at NYU, and LABrynth Theater Company’s Intensive Ensemble.

 

Kana hails from Sendai, Japan, and holds a BFA in Dance from California State University. As a contemporary dancer, she toured extensively for almost a decade with Shen Wei Dance Arts. Her physical and movement training extends beyond all dance forms with the exploration and practice of Yoga, Butoh, Gaga, the Alexander Technique, BMC, and the Feldenkrais Method. She is also a certified Pilates trainer as well as a practitioner of the ancient Japanese bodywork, Kenbiki.

 

After studying the Meisner Technique with Terry Knickerbocker at William Esper Studio and having continued deepening her craft in his masterclass, Kana was fortunate to integrate her two passions, movement and acting. Mentored by Nathan Flower and Julia Crockett, she gained deeper insights into the work of the Williamson Technique and other pedagogies. She has also studied with Maggie Flanigan, Fay Simpson, Ted Morin, Jean-Rene Toussaint, Lenard Petit, and Per Brahe.

 

In New York City, she has performed with Julia Crockett & Group and the Virago Theater. Her theater credits also include performances at  Lincoln Center, and New Ohio Theatre.

 

When Kana is not advocating for the actor’s body to be an extraordinary vessel for extraordinary storytelling, she enjoys exploring the world with her toddler along with hiking, biking, and surfing.

Hear From Our Students

“Kana helped me see potential in myself that I didn’t know was there….”

 

Kana helped me see potential in myself that I didn’t know was there. In every class, I felt appreciated for what I brought to the room, but also challenged to grow in a way that was focused on simply moving and exploring. I felt like Kana believed in what I and each of my classmates could be uniquely capable of and gave feedback focused on getting us there. Working with Kana challenged me in the best and most fun ways because she invested her energy into truly seeing her students and what we could do. I am grateful to be a stronger mover and actor for it.

– Jihoon I.

Alumnus

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“She brings insight, wisdom, and compassion into the circle….”

 

I love Kana! She is not only a nurturing and amazing Earth Mama movement teacher, but a Meisner-trained actor who studied with Terry during her conservatory years. Her specific experience with Terry as his student, and subsequently as a teacher at his school, is an incredibly valuable asset within the safe space of the Movement studio. She brings insight, wisdom, and compassion into the circle, especially if we’re struggling with the work we’re doing in Terry’s class.  She has a warm empathetic presence which I found enormously comforting during class.  Movement I and II were foundational life-changing classes for me and my development, and Kana was a huge part of that. I’m incredibly grateful to have had her as a teacher for all of my movement classes.

– Catherine W.

Alumnus

Kana is pure joy and delight! She has indelibly helped me to find my inner strength and voice as an artist and performer. Kana genuinely cares about her students and goes above and beyond to help them achieve their goals and grow. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.

– Victoria M.

Alumnus

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“….she really challenges us to move outside of our comfort zones….”

 

I love Kana so much. She really became like a big sister to me. When I was going through some serious struggles (having injured my foot) and was on the brink of dropping from Movement due to the lockdown, she was really there for me. Kana is a great teacher because she really challenges us to move outside of our comfort zones. She also takes the time to really listen to each individual and always has feedback tailored to each person. She also moves so beautifully, it’s an inspiration to watch her whenever she demonstrates new movements for us to try!

– Grace S.

Alumnus

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Kana is an inspiring and brave artist. She is thoughtful and willing to push into unfamiliar territory fearlessly. Her movement work is specific, fluid, and beautiful.

– Jenny Koons

Director

 

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