ItemPhotographs of Akiko Kanda, Japanese dancer(Dance Archive, Bennington College, 1978) unknown PhotographerAkiko Kanda began Dancing at age of seven in Japan. she travelled to the United State in 1956 to study with Martha Graham. Two years late she become a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, performing with them for the next six years in New York season and abroad. Akiko has also appeared as a guest artist with the Paul Taylor Company and Arthur Mitchell of the New York City Ballet. In 1961 Akiko returned to Japan to develop a school and company in Tokyo, presenting the first concert of her own choreography in 1964. she has also choreographed for the theater and television, and worked with artist in other field such as architect Kiyoshi Seike, movie director Nagisa Oshima, Noh actor Hisao Kanze, and Kabuki researcher Ginsaku Tobe. Awards for her artistry include the Grand Prix of the National Art Festival, Presented by the Japanese government in 1974. Akiko Kanda's guest residency at Bennington College this Fall is sponsored by the Japan Foundation.