UV Performing Arts is a place where students of all ages and levels of ability participate in an array of dance, music, drama programs with professional instruction and wonderful performing opportunities. UV Performing Art’s faculty boasts outstanding professional artists, performers and teachers.
Eri Usui-Villarral has been an educator, producer, choreographer and performing artist for the past 30 years in such places as Japan, Canada, and across the USA. She started training at age of 6 in all genres of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap and traditional Japanese dance in Tokyo, Japan.
In 1990, she joined professional program at Ballet Arts in New York and received a scholarship at Steps on Broadway.
She has performed in several choreographers including Janis Brenner, Kathleen Cruz, and Vela Huff, as well as music videos, shows, and dancing for various artists around the city include Lincoln Center and Joyce Theater. She became a dancer/assistant director of Marcy Simon and Company in New York City and performed for six years.
She moved to Seattle, WA in 2004. In 2010, she found ArtRise Dance – with Astre Michala where she taught various dance classes for youth and adult and directed performances and musicals including schools in Seattle and Canada.
In 2017, she became an owner of UV Performing Arts – a place where students of all ages and levels of ability participate in an array of dance, music, drama programs with professional instruction and wonderful opportunities. She is an artistic director of youth performing group 'UV DANCE SQUAD' and supports their hard work and dedication for performing arts.
She continues teaching, choreographing and producing classes and performances. Her goal as an educator is to inspire students to find their own voice in dance through movement and to support their journey as a performing artist.
Astre Michala is native of California. She grew up in London and started training dance in her young age. She performed and choreographed musicals in California and began her training at The Ailey School in New York. Throughout her career she has had the privilege of performing works by Fred Benjamin and Earl Mosley. After moved to Seattle, she joined several dance companies and performed in and out of states. In 2006, she became certified Hatha yoga teacher. She became a director of youth program at Karate school in Seattle and a resident teacher of yoga for six years. In 2010, she founded ArtRise Dance with Eri Usui-Villareal and taught various dance classes and produced several performances. She became a resident instructor of UV Performing Arts and a choreographer of UV DANCE SQUAD in 2017 and continues to teach for young artist.
Stephanie Reese is an international singer, actress and philanthropist. Her solo career has taken her around the world performing roles such as Kim in the German production of Miss Saigon, Esmeralda in the Disney World Premier of the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Princess Tuptim in the King and I at the Palladium Theater in London’s West End, Princess Kogajin in a new musical Marco Polo the Untold Love Story at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and a La Viegtiem Theater in Paris. A versatile singer, who has done a sold-out solo performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall, performed shows with Patti Labelle and Natalie Cole.
Beyond the demands of her career, Stephanie continues to pursue her philanthropic works around the globe with passion and conviction.
Mayumi Omagari began her classical ballet training at Kasuya Ballet in Tokyo, Japan. She later joined the company and performed in such classics as Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. She also toured Japan as a member of the Japan Ballet Association in Coppelia. After moving to New York in 1994, she began studying with Finis Jhung at The Broadway Dance Center and was cast in the German productions of the musicals Cats, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Starlight Express. In the United States, she has performed on Broadway, at the Metropolitan Opera, has appeared on National tours includes “King and I” at 5th Ave. Theater in Seattle, WA and in numerous regional theater companies. Mayumi currently teaches Ballet at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC as a sub teacher for Finis Jhung. She is also a guest professor at Showa University of Music's Musical Theater department. She is a member of AEA and AGMA.
Kota Otsuka is a producer, singer and choreographer both US and Japan. He graduated The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York. He was a first Japanese cast of HAIR with European tour and also joined Starlight Express in the German production. He was a dance captain of off Broadway musical Tarnish in New York City.
He is a director and producer of youth acting school 'Uni-Kids' in Tokyo, Japan.