“ I have known Ms. Dakoda since I was in elementary school; she has been a crucial part of all my ballet studies. Therefore, it goes without saying that most of the dancing I have learnt in 13 years of taking lessons came from her. In fact, I got my very first pair of Pointe shoes for her classes; I even did my first RAD exam after studying under her. Looking back now as I head off to college, I can genuinely say that I remember those years with a lot of admiration. I was lucky to have a teacher that not only challenged me to work harder but made everyone of her students fall in love with dancing. Thank you Ms. Dakoda!~ Hashanthi Senanayake
Fiona Obe is currently studying with Alvin Ailey.
“I started dancing at the age of 5 with the International Dance Academy in Tokyo. I studied the RAD method and free work under Ms. Dakoda. Ms. Dakoda trained me from my first RAD exam, from which I have advanced to achieving my highest RAD qualification to date, Advanced 2 level in the vocational examinations. During my years studying with the IDA, I took part in productions including Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Snow White, Coppelia, and Alice in Wonderland, some of which Ms Dakoda choreographed and directed. Her choreography was always fun and creative, influencing my own interest in choreography, which is why I was thrilled when given the opportunity to choreograph for dance numbers in school musical productions in addition to being featured in them as a dancer.
Since graduating, I have been pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Dance Education with the Royal Academy of Dance in London through distance-learning whilst continuing my training in the United States. I recently danced the role of the Sugarplum Fairy for the Laurens County Civic Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker as a guest artist. I am currently studying Russian style ballet with the International Ballet School in Greenville, South Carolina where I am a member of the Chamber Company.Ms Dakoda undoubtedly inspired a love of dance in me, but furthermore she has inspired a desire to share that love through teaching, which is why I decided to pursue a degree in Dance Education. I currently work as an assistant teacher at 2 schools, facilitating beginner to intermediate level ballet classes and teaching beginner pointe classes. In the many years she taught me, Ms. Dakoda always pushed me to work hard and be confident. She is not only an excellent instructor of technique but is also a very passionate and enthusiastic teacher. Attentive to each individual’s needs, her classes are very thoughtfully taught. She is a powerful influence over her students regardless of whether they study dance aiming for a professional career or simply for pleasure and the development of discipline. She will encourage her students’ technical, emotional, intellectual and creative growth through dance and will push them as far as possible.Ms. Dakoda was very missed when she left Japan. Her students in London are very luck to have her!”~Fiona Oba~Fiona Oba
“I first started dancing with Ms. Dakoda when I was five years old- I’m 17 now. I learned — and loved — ballet, and gradually became more and more immersed in the world of dance and took Ms. Dakoda’s Tap & Jazz class as well. I continued to dance until I reached high school, which was too far away for me to get to my dance classes on time.
However, Ms. Dakoda had shown me the magic of performing, and I didn’t want to let go. I tried out for my high school’s cheerleading team, utilizing everything Ms. Dakoda had taught me to earn a spot on the varsity team as the only freshman.
I am now a junior and co-captain of my cheerleading team. To this day I remember the lessons Ms. Dakoda taught me. Your size and shape don’t restrict you; only you decide what your limitations are. With passion — and practice — you can achieve anything you set out to do.
Whether it be in my posture and the way I walk, or the activities I do and the people I’m friends with,
Ms. Dakoda’s influence on my life has been irreplaceable.”
~ Jiyoon Kim
“DDA is a well run family business and their passion and hard work is nothing short of impressive. My daughter has been attending ballet classes at DDA for approximately two years and has progressed in her learning of ballet techniques, when these techniques should be used as well as understanding and using relevant ballet terminology.
The environment is always friendly and welcoming. Dakoda and her team ensure that learning is made fun whilst maintaining the discipline required to learn the craft. Dakoda is extremely passionate about her students’ learning and development and is always willing to work closely with parents to ensure that adequate learning support is provided. I would highly recommend DDA to parents who want their child to learn this discipline in a fun and safe environment.”Mahta – Mum to six year old Rahel
Love from Anne (13 Years old) Miss Dakoda, Thank you so much for being such a wonderful teacher to our children. We wish you all the best ! Love Mrs. Takeuchi (Mum to Lisa 11 and Eri 7)Dear Miss Dakoda,Thank you so much for encouraging me to continue dancing – it has become my true passion! I’m looking forward to more classes after the summer holidays. A big hug for you ClaudiaDear Miss Dakoda,Daisy and I want to say Thank you! for your dedication each week to teaching Daisy to become a beautiful ballerina, just like you !Faye (Mum to 8 year old Daisy)Miss Dakoda,Thank you for your patient ballet instruction for Rae. She loves the time spent with you each week.Rae’s PapaDearest Dakoda,Thank you so much for your very hard work in teaching us how to dance for our wedding! The dance went really well and all of our family and friends were so surprised! It was a real feature of our reception and we are so grateful to you for all your patience and tolerance – we aren’t the world’s best dancers! The day was so wonderful – we were really lucky with the weather and it was fantastic from start to finish. Thank you very much and we hope you are doing well. Lots of Love Baiju and Juliette xx~Fiona Oba