Jadin Wong Award For An Asian American Dancer
2016 - Jesse Obremski
Jesse Obremski, a native New Yorker, has been described by DanceTabs as one who dances “with fluent simplicity” and “quiet understanding”. He started training at The Ailey School and later at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. While there, he performed in productions of A Chorus Line, Hairspray, and Guys and Dolls. In 2016, Jesse graduated from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, where he earned his B.F.A in dance. Jesse, a Father Fame Awardee (2012) and Eagle Scout Rank (2010) recipient, has also attended Springboard Danse Montreal, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, and Jacob's Pillow.
He has performed works by other renowned choreographers such as Kyle Abraham, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Madboots, Brian Brooks, Nacho Duato, Sharon Eyal, Martha Graham (principle role), José Limón (soloist role), Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, and Paul Taylor (principle role).
Jesse has been a guest faculty member across Hawaii at Queen Emma Ballet, Mid-Pacific High School, The University of Hawaii at Manoa and in New York City at LaGuardia High School. In 2015, Jesse toured across Canada as a faculty member with FRESH Dance Intensive and is a faculty member and arts administrator at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts.
Jesse has performed with the Kate Weare Company, Zest Collective, Diversity of Dance inc. and is currently a company member with DaretoCreate Dance Theatre (2013-present), the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (2015-present) and Buglisi Dance Theatre (2016-present). Jesse will also be joining the Limón Dance Company in August, 2016.
2015 - Takehiro Ueyama
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Takehiro "Take" Ueyama moved to the United States in 1991 to study dance at the Juilliard School in New York City. Upon graduation, he was invited to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company, touring the world with them for eight years.
In 2003, Ueyama debuted his first choreographic work, Tsubasa, performed with fellow Taylor dancers at the McKenna Theatre at SUNY New Paltz, NY, and in 2005 founded TAKE Dance. He has performed repeatedly as a guest artist with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre. His television and film credits include PBS's Dance in America series (with the Taylor Company),Acts of Ardor, and Dancemaker, a film by dancer/choreographer Matthew Diamond.
Having been a baseball player in Japan before fully committing to dance, Ueyama's work blends both eastern and western sensibilities. Containing both powerful athleticism, as well as traces of his Japanese heritage by employing delicate gestures, his repertoire has been inspired by the beauty in nature, the duality of darkness and light in the universal human condition and the humanity and compassion in day-to-day living. These elements, combined with his various partnerships and collaborations with artists of other genres, lend diversity to movement, music and subject matter. Described as both sensitive and exciting, Ueyama's choreography ensures a place for the heart on any stage it appears, a feast for the eyes, mind and soul; it is uniquely, "TAKE".
2014 - Daisuke Omiya
Daisuke Omiya, New York based Dancer, has been performing, teaching, and choreographing for over 7 years.
Born in Gifu, Japan, Daisuke Omiya started his tap dancing when he was 16 years old. After graduating from high school, He moved from his home town in Japan to New York City to become a professional tap dancer.
He studied with master teachers such as Savion Glover, Derick K Grant, Barbara Duffy, Dianne Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry - Edwards, Omar Edwards, Chole Arnold, Kazunori Kumagai. and immersed himself amongst tap jams, Which helped him to polish his craft.
His extraordinary tap skills were soon recognized and he was recruited to work with Derick K Grant as part of the member ''ZEN'' from March 2007 to September 2008, after that He continue to work with Derick K Grant in many of performances. He has spent much of his time pursuing his tap career. Through his talent and his passion many doors have opened for him.
He started studying Contemporary Dance and Modern Dance in 2009, He trained with Max Stone, Nathan Trice, Karen Gayle. He joined Maija Garcia's company '' Organic Magnetics '' in 2011, and performed at The Kitchen with them. Daisuke Has been part of original creation and performed works by Maija gracia, Nathan Trice, Bran Arias and many others.``
July 2016 Update:
Daisuke's dance style and influences now include street dance, martial arts, and Japanese samurai. As a dancer, he is currently performing at the New National Theatre Tokyo.