The dance world is no stranger to the skill and artistry of Akira Uchida. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Akira moved to Toronto at the young age of 18 and has since pursued a successful career as a dancer and choreographer. He has extensive training in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and ballet; as well as numerous credits both commercially and theatrically. Akira’s film and television credits include programs such as Canada’s Got Talent, Degrassi, The Next Star, The Strain, Over the Rainbow and Canada’s Smartest Person. He can be seen dancing in the Much Music promotional video for Sam Smith’s hit track “Stay With Me,” the Lifetime film, “My Daughter Must Live,” as well as many other music videos for a-list artists such as Dragonette, Young Avz and Blake McGrath.
Akira danced for the Canadian Opera Company in their rendition of “Don Quichotte” at the Four Seasons Centre and recently worked with choreographer Stacey Tookey in a workshop for an upcoming musical called “Dancer”. Akira has not only danced in, but also choreographed various music videos for artists including, Lights, The Lovelocks and Tyler Shaw. In 2015, he was awarded the Audience Choice Award at the emerging choreographer’s showcase “Fresh Blood,” hosted by the Chimera Project. In the summer of 2016, Akira was the choreographer the indie film “Jazz Hands”, which was released in September 2018.
Akira was most recently chosen to present work as a finalist at the prestigious Capezio Ace Awards in New York. He has taught at large scale conventions and workshops such as JUMP Dance Convention, 24 Seven Dance Convention and Canadian Dance Expo. Akira’s creativity as a choreographer is complimented by his passion for teaching. He continues to train, teach and choreograph throughout the Greater Toronto Area and his students have gone on to win numerous awards at various conventions and competitions. Every day, Akira Uchida continues to thrive and leave his mark on the dance world as a passionate, driven and innovative young artist.