i KADA presents their annual festival called “KoDaFe” which stands for Korean Dance Festival.
Korea (coming soon)
STAY TUNED FOR KoDaFe in NYC 2021!
"The life and essence of art –whether it be painting, music, or dance – lies in expressing through a wellspring of emotion the universal realm of the human spirit. It is a melding of the individual and the universal. That is why great art reaches out beyond ethnic and national barriers to move people all over the world."
- Daisaku Ikeda
i KADA presents their annual festival called “KoDaFe” which stands for Korean Dance Festival. All shows and festivals have a specific theme attached to the works. This is where the cultural exchange between artists, choreographers, and dancers are united.
2021 Festival Choreographers
2021 KoDaFe in NYC is proud to present the following talented choreographers
Min-Tzu Li (Mia Li), a native of Taiwan, enjoyed her education at The Boston Conservatory with a full scholarship double majoring in ballet and modern dance. During her time in school, she was fortunate to play the leading solo performance in a Martha Graham production and was hailed as “sprightly an articulate” in The Boston Global. Ms. Li has also been fortunate to perform works by such masters as José Limón and Murray Louis.
Her debut performance with Ballet Hispanico in 2007 blew the audience away and she was featured in the NY Times and described as “moving seamlessly from nightclub apache dancing to a tender ballet duet.” In the article, “Who Will Fill Natalia’s Shoes?,” Ms. Li is featured as one of Ballet Hispanico’s young talents who has the potential to rise to the top of the dance world. Throughout her time with the company, Ms. Li has performed in many parts of the world and played leading roles in many of the company’s productions and has been honored to be featured in Ballet-Dance Magazine in 2009, on the front cover of Dance Magazine in 2010, and then again in a personal interview in 2012.
Outside of the company, Ms. Li has also been very active in various dance arenas, focusing her attention towards teaching and training new talent. Since 2003, she has been appointed guest faculty for the Chinese Folk Art Workshop in Boston, as well as teaching at the Ballet Hispanico School and many other local studios in New York. She has also been invited to instruct at schools throughout the world including Barbados, Japan, and the famous Cloud Gate Dance School in Taiwan. Her students include a wide variety of levels from beginner, intermediate, advance, to professional dancers. Ms. Li currently performs at The Metropolitan Opera.
Chien-Ying Wang/OcampoWang Dance
Chien-Ying Wang, a choreographer, dancer and film maker, hails from Taiwan and is Co-Artistic Director of OcampoWang Dance. She received her MFA degree in Dance from The Ohio State University. Wang was a soloist with Repertory Dance Theatre. She was a finalist of Bogliasco Fellowship and recipient of the Project Support Grant from Salt Lake City Arts Council. Wang has been commissioned by Ballet Philippines, Lustig Dance Theatre, RDT, OSU, Boston Conservatory, National Taiwan University of Arts, TongJi University, and Beijing Normal University. Her choreographic works has been presented in Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church and 92nd Street Y in NYC, Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, and other performance venues. Wang’s current research deals with the interfacing of live performance and video dance as well screendance.
Jonathan Colafrancesco has danced in productions of Italian and international choreographers like Enzo Celli, Elisabetta Minutoli, Dario Lupinacci, Roberta Ferrara, Vivake Khamsingsavath. He moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2017 to study with contemporary choreographers from companies such as Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin inc. Jonathan is currently a dancer for Hussein Smko's "Project Tag" in NYC. He is a student on full scholarship at Peridance in NYC. He has also danced in works by Roya Carrera and Caleb Teicher.
Olivia Passarelli attended Montclair State University as part of the Honors Program and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance, in 2020. While at Montclair, Passarelli has had the privilege of performing works by Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, Joshua Manculich, Stacey Tookey, Christian von Howard, Earl Mosely, and others. Since graduating, she has performed with Sonia Plumb Dance Company, as well as in various dance films. She made her choreographic debut in 2019, and has since had her work performed at Alexander Kassar Theater, alongside Martha Graham and Ohad Naharin; along with being selected for ACDA 2020. Most recently she was awarded 1st Place in Salt Contemporary Dance Company’s, Shape Choreography Festival.
Elizabeth Shea Dance
Reviewed as “a remarkable contemporary dance display,” Elizabeth Shea’s choreography has been produced by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and presented at numerous festivals and major cities across the USA, as well as in Australia, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and China. Liz won Sharp Dance Company’s inaugural choreography competition and has been a guest artist for many professional companies and universities, most recently Eisenhower Dance and as a collaborator with NYC-based Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup. Liz was honored to present the site-specific work Ascension at the Eskenazi Museum of Art this fall to over 1,000 people; she also creates extensively in new media and film, screening her work at film festivals internationally. Awards include Best Choreography for the Lens, Best Dance Film, and Best Ensemble. Liz teaches her self-developed somatic system, SomaLab®, yogic practices, and choreographic methods and mentorship at workshops in the USA and abroad, most recently at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and Dance Italia, in Lucca, Italy. A 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Liz serves as Director of Contemporary Dance at Indiana University. Please visit for more information.
Jenna Del Monte
Jenna is an artist and educator originally from Buffalo, NY. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance at the University at Buffalo teaching courses in modern, contemporary ballet, composition, and dance for the camera. Jenna choreographs for both stage and screen and regularly presents her work nationally and internationally. She earned an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, School of dance.
DUAL RIVET is a women-led dance company focused on creating and sharing highly physical contemporary dance to a wide audience. Based in NYC, Dual Rivet creates work for stage and film that exchanges a cinematic and visceral language to influence both platforms. Directors Jessica Smith and Chelsea Ainsworth have been making and presenting work since 2017. They come from an international background of creating and performing work in places such as England, France, Germany, Japan, Philippines, West Africa, Canada, and the United States. Dual Rivet has performed at venues such as West End Theatre, Kittery Maine, Musikfest Pennsylvania, Peridance Capezio Center, CreateArt, and Arts On Site. The company teaches a myriad of classes, throughout the United States, with an emphasis on contemporary partnering and floorwork. They have set work on companies such as the Peridance Youth Ensemble and Mixt Company Connecticut. They are currently on faculty at Peridance and Steps. Chelsea and Jessica are also directors of a multi-disciplinary arts organization, Arts On Site in New York City. Dual Rivet aims to share what it means to be female leaders in the arts. JESSICA SMITH is a New York City based dancer from New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, London Contemporary Dance School, and received her BFA in dance from the Department of Dance at Purchase College. She’s currently a performer at Sleep No More NYC, Vim Vigor Dance Company and ZviDance as well as Associate Director of Arts on Site NYC. She is the Co-Choreographer and Director of Dual Rivet, a women-led dance company based in NYC. CHELSEA AINSWORTH is a graduate of the Dance Department of The Juilliard School. She has worked with Johannes Wieland/Staatstheater Kassel in Germany, Lorena Egan, Flexicure, Amber Sloan, Bryn Cohn + Artists, The Bang Group, Zvidance, and was on the modern/ballet dance faculty at Cap21 musical theater school and Chen Dance Center. She is the Co-Choreographer and Director of Dual Rivet, a women-led dance company based in NYC.
Yuki Ishiguro originally from Japan is running his own dance company “Yu.S.Artistry” in New York.
Yuki studied contemporary dance as well as unique street performer skills such as Break dance, Pantomime, Tricking. From these training and his own practice, Yuki created his own dance style and signature movements.
As a performer Yuki has worked and toured with several dance companies in the U.S. : Roxey ballet, Catapult entertainment, Emery LeCrone dance, etc. For commercials he danced for Tommy Hilfiger party, fusion flute musician Kenzie Slottow in Austin, Texas for music videos and tours.
Yu.S.Artistry was founded in 2018, the works have been presented at Jazz at Lincoln center, Suzanne Roberts theater, Nazareth college, Montgomery county community college among others.
mignolo dance is a 501-c3 nonprofit contemporary dance company founded by sisters, Charly and Eriel Santagado, in 2017. They have been dancing and creating together for more than ten years and use this experience to continue to collaborate with each other and other dancers and artists to create new work that explores elements of various artistic mediums through movement. The company has presented work at many festivals including Dumbo Dance Festival, Triskelion’s SummerFest, Waxworks, Peridance's APEX, and Koresh’s Come Together Dance Festival. Their work has been produced by HERE Arts Center's Co-op Sublet Series, Inclined Dance Project's inQuad Split Bill Series at Dixon Place, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning's Friday Nights Series, The Berrie Center at Ramapo College, and Jersey City Theater Center.
Mika and Co
Mikaela Papasodero is from Middleboro, MA. She received her training from The Gold School under the direction of Rennie Gold. While at The Gold School she was a member of Project Moves Dance Company and the opportunity to work with artists such as Tyce Diorio, Teddy Forance, and many more. She was also a member of the Boston Community Dance Project under the direction of Sarah K(Skooj) and has performed throughout the Boston area while on the company. Mikaela graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from The Hartt School at The University of Hartford in 2019. She has had the pleasure to perform works by Shannon Gillen, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Manuel Vignouelle, Bryan Arias, Martha Graham, Katie Stevenson-Nollet, Debra Collins-Ryder, Ralph Perkins, and Stephen Pier. She has trained at intensives located in Rome, Amsterdam, Salt Lake City, Seattle, New York City, and Boston.
Mikaela teaches throughout the New England region at local studios in styles such as ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary. She has also had the pleasure of teaching the Music and Movement class at PCC in 2017. She was the Dance teacher for Boston Children's Theater summer program in 2019. She was also and instructor for Sparkidz (an Organization offering dance classes to children with special needs).
Mikaela's Choreographic works have been presented at the Ailey Citigroup Theater with KoDaFe Dance Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Versatility Dance Festival in Boulder, CO, Rioult In-HouseArtist Concert, Making Moves Dance Festival, and NUVU Festival (canceled due to Covid).
Mikaela is currently living in New York City and is dancing with Rioult Repertory Project, Spark Movement Collective, and Amirov Dance Theater. She currently on staff at Dance Theatre of NJ and No Limit Performing Arts Center.
Akane Koizumi, is a dancer and choreographer from Japan. She has been in NY 2014-2020 danced as a company member of i KADA contemporary dance company. She is currently dancing in Japan.
ChiChi is a dancer, choreographer and teacher from Nagasaki, Japan.
Maho Takeshita is a dancer, choreographer and educator from Osaka, Japan. She graduated from the Limon Professional Studies Program. in 2013, where she performed works by Jose Limon and Alan Danielson. These three have met in NYC since 2016 and we have been dancing for different companies. Maho collected Akane and ChiChi for this show in Japan. This is the first time that we work together.