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Michio Ito Documentary
Trailblazers Exhibit Film - Michio Ito Pioneering Dancer-Choreographer

Cast Photo from Michio Ito Film

Director and Executive Producer - Bonnie Oda Homsey
Producer and Editor - John Flynn
Director of Photography – John Luker      Original Music Composed by Teiji Ito
Narrator – Greg Watanabe

Featuring Interviews with                                                                           Michio Ito solos performed by
Michele Ito – granddaughter and Director of Michio Ito Foundation           Nancy Colahan
Barbara Perry – actress and former Ito Company dancer                           Janet Eilber
Mary Jean Cowell – Ito scholar and educator-choreographer                    Bonnie Oda Homsey
Nobuko Miyamoto – Artistic Director of Great Leap                                  Risa Steinberg

Partial funding for film provided by Japanese American Community Services/Cecilia Nakamura Arts Fund.

Michio Ito is an important historical dance figure you never heard of. The film sketches his journey from Japan to Europe to America, from success to obscurity and finally to re-discovery.   Purchase or stream at

The film premiere in NYC at Dance on Camera Festival sponsored by Dance Films Association and Film Society of Lincoln Center.  Tim Cowart's review can be read at


The 2014 West Coast premiere was hosted by Dance Camera West and the filmed screened at MOCA.