The multi-talented Ms. Higashiyama gathers much of her choreographic & artistic inspiration from her home in Shiga, Japan. She started taking dance lessons at Kitamura Ballet Studios in Japan and later completed her advanced ballet training at the famous Royal Ballet School in London, England, where upon graduation she had the memorable opportunity to perform at The Royal Opera House. Alongside her impressive performance resume, which includes works by Ron Cunningham, George Balanchine, Gabrielle Lamb, Darrelll Grand Moultrie & Christopher D’Amboise – Kaori has herself delved into the choreographic realm; creating new works for the Sacramento Ballet’s ‘Beer & Ballet’ program including: Ko-yo (Autumn Colors) & Matsuri (Festival) 2017. Ms. Higashiyama premiered her work Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) for the inaugural Capital Dance Project performance & collaborated last year with Franceska Gomez to create Yuki geshou (Snow scape) 2016. Kaori’s dancewear/costume design & construction has been celebrated by local dancers & emerging choreographers (David Fernandez, Rex Wheeler, Julia Feldman, Ron Cunningham) & her work continues to be a popular aesthetic amongst the artists of CDP.