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by Kate Crawford
The Mosman Daily
December 5, 2010


KOH Yamada, of Neutral Bay, may be slight but he’s a dynamo of dance. The 10-year-old is just as keen to dance classical, tap, jazz or hip hop – and he’ll even do a quick flip to acrobatics.

“When I listen to music I just want to dance,” he said.

Koh has just been selected for the Australian Ballet School associates’ program. Because he is so young he will not attend the school in Melbourne but tutors will visit him regularly in Sydney.

Koh says he was first inspired to dance at the age of four by his mother Toshiya, who was a dancer at Disneyland in Tokyo. While Toshiya is modest about her dancing career and doesn’t remember talking to Koh about it, he remembers his mother telling him about dancing.

He began dance lessons before he started school and has been devoted to the art form ever since. Almost every afternoon he leaves Neutral Bay Public School to attend lessons nearby at the Dance 102 Studio.

His brother Riku, 12, and little sister Mei, 5, also learn dancing.

Studio creative director Josie England says Koh is amazing and is talented in every style of dancing. “He has perfect feet for dancing,” she says.

Koh says he loves all forms of dancing. “But I love classical when I feel like being calm and quiet,” he said.

His dancing hero is Michael Jackson and Koh recently competed in the Australian Showcase Nationals Dance Championships and came first in solo tap.

He also learns acrobatics at the dance studio.


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