Professor of Dance
MFA Program Artistic Coordinator
MFA: Composition Pedagogy, Choreography
Kazuko Hirabayashi was born in Japan, where she received her B.S. degree. She also received a diploma from the Juilliard School. Her grants and awards include an AGMA Prize, the Doris Humphrey Choreography Fellowship at the American Dance Festival, the Nimura Award, an NEA Choreographic grant, a NYSCA grant, and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She formed the Triad Dance Theatre
with Richard Kuch and Richard Gain in 1965–67. In 1968 she founded the Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater.
Ms. Hirabayashi has taught at Bennington College, Randolph-Macon Women's College, Kirkland College, North Carolina School of the Arts, the London Contemporary School of Dance, the Centre International de la Danse (Paris), Ballet Nacional de Mexico, Choreographic Center in Querètaro, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Rotterdam Dance Academy, Ballet Academien, and Ballet Gulbenkian, and served as the artistic director of the International Dance Festival in Osaka, Japan. She has choreographed nationally as well as internationally.
Since 2002, she has served as the director of Dance New York International in Paris, France; Burgos, Spain; and New York City. She is the president, as well as a judge, in the International Choreography Competition in Burgos, also known as Certamen Internacional de Coreografia Burgos–New York.
Ms. Hirabayashi is a Faculty Emeritus of the Juilliard School. She is a faculty member of the Alvin Ailey School and the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.
Email Kazuko Hirabayashi at Kazuko.Hirabayashi@purchase.edu