Takeaki was born in Japan, and started his dance training at the age of 7 under Mrs. Mika Tamaru at the International Ballet Academy in Hiroshima. He went on to study at the Goh Ballet School from 2005 to 2008, before moving on to the Academy de Dance Princess Grace where he graduated in 2011 with a Certificate of Honour. He received a full scholarship to continue his studies at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater (PBT) Graduate programme from 2011 to 2013. He danced in various repertoires at PBT including Don Quixote, Serenade, The Nutcracker, and Coppélia.

He has won many awards including a Bronze medal at the Youth America Grand Prix San Francisco Regionals 2009, a Bronze at the The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2009 (formerly the Genée International Ballet Competition).

Takeaki joined the Atlantic City Ballet Company from 2013 to 2015, where he took on soloist and principal roles in repertoires like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula and Bournonville Divertissements.

Takeaki joined Singapore Dance Theatre as an Artist in January 2016 and has performed the Mandolin Dance in Romeo and Juliet (2020), Tarantella in Swan Lake (2019), Don Quixote, The NutcrackerSleeping BeautyGiselle and Coppélia. He has also performed in Peter & Blue Go Around the World, A Folk Tale pas de sept in Bournonville Divertissements, Age of Innocence, Symphony in Three Movements, Another EnergyJabula, Sticks and Stones, Organ Concerto, 13th HeavenDouble ContrastsLinea AdoraSYNCMidnight WaltzesSchubert SymphonyUnknown TerritoryFives, Shadow’s Edge and Quiver.

Takeaki was promoted to Demi-soloist in January 2023.

Interview with Takeaki