Mana Ogawa | Ballet, Pointe and Conditioning Instructor
qualificationsNew Zealand School of Dance (Classical Ballet), Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (Pilates ITC), Certificate In Matwork (Pilates ITC), Buff Bones Certification (Sydney), Member of PAA (Pilates Alliance Australasian), First aid certificate.
bioMana trained at the New Zealand school of dance for Classical Ballet before being accepted into the Sydney Dance PPY in Sydney. During her time in New Zealand she danced many roles including the soloist role of Polka Girl in Kenneth MacMillan’s 1956 work, Solitaire. She has also worked as an independent artist with Sydney Dance Company on their collaboration with David Jones on their Autumn/Winter season in 2016. After graduating, Mana danced professionally as an independent dancer with choreographers such as Lisa Maris McDonell where she performed full length works at the Casula Powerhouse Museum. After an injury where Mana was forced to take time off, she became interested in more teaching and the rehabilitation side of things and completed her Certificate of Matwork and the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction with Pilates International Training Centre whilst continuing to teach dance at Roseville Ballet and Performing Arts. Mana has an in-depth understanding of musculature and biomechanics and is able to identify needs of each dancer. She has a very positive attitude and is very passionate about what she does. You may also recognise Mana as ‘Lily’, a semi-regular actress from the popular TV series Dance Academy (series 2 & 3).
“I find that dance can be a communication tool between the mind and body, to express what is too deep to find for words.”