Vanessa Kanamoto

Vanessa Kanamoto is a dancer and choreographer that resides in Los Angeles, CA. She received a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California, Irvine.

Updated July 2018

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Crónicas Nikkei 7—Raíces Nikkei: Indagando en Nuestra Herencia Cultural

The Power of Dance for Social Advocacy

In spring 2017, I decided with the recent political climate that I could no longer wait for someone else to “do something.” At the time I was a dance graduate student so I decided to choreograph a dance entitled Shikata ga nai at the University of California, Irvine. Shikata ga nai is a Japanese phrase translating to “it cannot be helped.” This was an expression used by many Japanese people when faced with the injustice of being detained in internment camps, signifying their ability to maintain dignity despite uncontrollable circumstances. My piece featured an audio i…

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