Kana Sato

Associate Movement Teacher

Kana Sato is an actor, dancer, physical performer, choreographer, and movement teacher.

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.

Kana Sato is an actor, dancer, physical performer, choreographer, and movement teacher.

Kana developed a passion for the arts as a teenager performing and teaching in the local musical theater company in her native Sendai, Japan. Her desire to further her education as a performer led Kana to earn a BFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. Kana toured internationally as a dancer for over eight years as one of the founding members of Shen Wei Dance Arts in venues such as Lincoln CenterSydney Opera House, the Barbican London, and Venice Biennale; but it was off-stage as an integral voice in Shen Wei’s creative process where she credits deepening her appreciation and insight into improvisation, choreography, and ensemble.

Kana’s physical and movement training extends beyond all dance forms with the exploration and practice of Yoga, Butoh, Gaga, Alexander Technique, BMC, and Feldenkrais Technique. She is also a certified Pilates trainer as well as a Kenbiki practitioner (ancient Japanese bodywork).

Kana has been training as an actor with Terry Knickerbocker since 2008. She has also studied with Nate FlowerJulia Crockett, Maggie Flanigan, Fay Simpson, Ted Morin, Jean-Rene Toussaint, Lenard Petit, and Per Brahe. Her theater credits include performances at Lincoln Center Theater and New Ohio Theatre. She is proud to be a faculty member at TK Studio and passionate about listening to the truths we hold in our bodies. She thrives to grow as a teaching artist by learning from her mentors, colleagues, and students.

Hear From Our Students

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.


Jihoon I Portrait

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.


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.



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.


Grace 3

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