Junichi Fukuda began his work with the NYBDC as a Fire Salamander in the 2007 American premiere of Zelindor, roi des Sylphes. Since then he has danced as a soloist with the company in New York, Washington DC and at the International Handel Festival in Goettingen, Germany. His work with the company is expanding as a rehearsal assistant to Ms. Turocy. He is currently interested in applying Baroque dance principles into contemporary dance training and choreography.
Junichi explores his possibilities by challenging himself in numerous styles of dance. After receiving his Bachelor degree in Dance Performance from Boston Conservatory, Junichi began his professional career as a member of Ballet Tech in New York City under the direction of world-renowned choreographer Eliot Feld. In 2003 Junichi moved to San Francisco and joined the Oakland Ballet. He later became affiliated as a soloist with Smuin Ballet/SF directed by Michael Smuin (former artistic director at San Francisco Ballet). Returning to New York City in 2005, Junichi began dancing with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company as a soloist. He is also a member of Buglisi Dance Theatre (since 2004), NY2 Dance (since 2009), and the Peridance Ensemble (since 2002), where he is featured in many prominent roles. In addition to his performance with Buglisi Dance Theatre at the Joyce Theater in New York City, Junichi has toured throughout the US and overseas in Italy, Germany, Israel, France and Japan.
In addition, Junichi has worked with leading US choreographers Seán Curran (original member of an off-Broadway performance “Stomp”) and Paul Taylor. Junichi is honored to have performed in New York City and Berlin as a member of the Berlin Wall Project to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He has also performed together with world-famous dancers, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jose Manuel Carreno (a former principal with American Ballet Theatre), Desmond Richardson (Complexions), Rasta Thomas, Martine van Hamel, and Robert La Fosse.
As a choreographer, his pieces have premiered in Boston, New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo. He is an assistant choreographer to Igal Perry, shaping pieces for Perry’s company and also for Complexions and Joffrey Ballet Ensemble. In 2006, Junichi released “KAGI” for the Buglisi Dance Theatre, and he was commissioned to choreograph “White Dress” for Peridance Center in 2007. His duet “City of…” was chosen to be presented at the American Dance Guild Festival 2009 in New York City, which was recently restaged for CityDance Conservatory students in Washington DC. For more information, please visit www.fukudance.com