Kathak Dance Academy

Kathak Dance in Japan


MIYABI KATHAK DANCE ACADEMY was founded by Ms. Masako Satou, disciple of Padmavibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj, in 2006 in TOKYO. Ms. Masako takes kathak lesson, for beginners from age of 6 years old child to 80's adalt at Kojimachi, Chiyoda ku, Tokyo.

Masako started to learn Kathak dance in 1995 from Shmt. Malti shyam, entered in national institute kathak dance, Kathak Kendra, in New Delhi from 1996 under the guidance of Pt. Jaikishan Maharaj and Padmavibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj. She was awarded an ICCR scholarship, and took further study of kathak at Kalashram Institute from 1999 to 2004, under the guidance of Padmavibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj. She mastered kathak specialization course in 2004 academic year, and took one more year to study the one of the most beautiful dance form in the world, kathak, stage presentation course in Kalashram.

She had performed as a member of Padmavibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj Ji’s dance unit in many of dance festival in India, i.e., Vasantotsav, Kajuraho fest., Annanya and so on. She got highly opinion on her stage presence in Kathak ballet “Romeo & Juliet”. She is the only foreign desciple of Maharaj ji who was invited in Handia Festival in 2011. She was invited to Maharaj ji's tour of USA in 2016, and for solo recital in International Shiva Festival in India in 2017, got standing ovation from Indian Audience in culture program organized by JICA ALUMINI ASSOCIATION OF INDIA at Japan Foundation in New Delhi in 2019. Recently, she showed her group presence in Vasdhaiva Kutumbakam which Kalashram's online dance festival from all over world, well received by audience. In 2021, She made jugalbandi program with Bharatanatyam Group, 'samlila' was extlemely succeeded.

She had performed in many program of Kathak in India, Japan, and other country, i.e., Mauritius, Egypt, Pakistan, France, China, Taiwan and U.S.A..

Currently she is a member of Shinjuku Artists’ Society, teaching kathak at Kojimachi Studio(Main Studio), Tsudanuma Culture School, GIIS, Nishikasai, TOKYO.


Kathak Class for Adult, beginners lesson has just started on Sunday morning, 11:00AM onwards, Saturday 14PM onwards.
  • For Junior

    Saturday 15:10PM~15:55
  • For Kid

    Tuesday 16:00~16:40
  • For Adult, Beginners class

    Sunday 11:00AM~ / Tuesday 20:10PM~ / Saturday 14PM~
  • For Adult, Basic Class (1-4years)

    Sunday 12:10PM~ / Thursday 20:10PM~
  • For Adult, Intermediate class (4-10years)

    Sunday 1:20PM~ / 2.4Tuesday 11AM~ / Tuesday 21:20PM~ / Wednesday 7PM~
  • For Adult, Advance class (6years~)

    Sunday 2:30PM~ / Wednesday 21:20PM~ / Friday 9:30PM~/ Saturday 11:30AM~(Tihai and tarana)
  • ¥ Tuition

    Children 5~12 years old 8,000yen (4 times per month)
    13 years and over 10,000yen (4 times per month)
    Admission fee 10,000yen (enter within 6 month from trial lesson, Admission fee is 5,000yen)
    Trial Lesson 1,500yen
lesson language; Japanese, English


Kojimachi HT's Bld. B1, 3-12-7, Kojimachi, Tokyo, Japan 102-0083 >> Google map


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    MIYABI (Masako Sato)

    Masako Sato started to learn Kathak Dance in 1995 from shmt. Malti Shyam, before, She has learnt Flamenco and Russian ballet for several years in Japan. After inspiring Kathak Mahotsav in India, she joined National Institute of Kathak Dance in 1996, and learned lucknow style of Kathak dance from Shmt.

    Malti Shyam and Pt. Jaikishan Maharaj, later from Padmavibushan Pt. Birju Maharaj in 1997. For her dedication towards the art, she was awarded an ICCR scholarship between 1999 and 2003 to learn Kathak dance under the guidance of Padmavibushan Pt.Birju Maharaj at Kalashram.
    She has participated in the many of the dance work choreographed by Pt. Birju Maharaj i.e. Vasantotsav, Kajuraho Festival etc., and the Kathak Ballet “Romeo & Juliet” choreographed by shmt. Saswati Sen, in Delhi, Kolkata, Pune and Mumbai in 2003-2004, she got highly appreciation from the audience and media.

    She has given a number of solo and group performance in India and Japan, including “Shinwa ~the Japanese mythology~” at India-Japan The 50th anniversary of establishment of dipl omatic relations, organized by the embassy of Japan. Back to Japan in 2005, she started her own school, Miyabi Kathak Dance Academy in Tokyo, she opened her dance studio at Kojimachi in 2008, just 10minutes walking from Indian Embassy in Tokyo, teaches the most beautiful style of Kathak, Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Luckhnow, which Guruji taught her, to the girls and boys living in Japan. She has performed in India, Japan, Mauritius, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, China(Shanghai EXPO), France and USA. She is currently a member of Shinjuku Artist Society.