Kim Sato feels extremely grateful that she has a long career as a professional street dance artist. She has been the winner of many all styles and locking battles including most recently the Groovemekanix 18th Anniversary (San Fransico), TUDS (Toronto),
Sweet 16 (Seattle), Nothing but Flavor (New York), Vancouver Street Dance Festival, the Honour Roll, The Umoja Battle, and Last One Stands (Vancouver). Kim has had the pleasure of judging for many different all styles and locking battles and adjudicating formal stage competitions for street dance, contemporary, jazz and tap.
Most recently Kim had the pleasure of judging the 3rd edition of ‘On Point’ a high level 1 vs 1 locking battle in Montreal. As a professional performer, she has toured all over the world to China, Japan, Brazil, Korea, Europe, US, and Canada. Highlight credits include working with Heather Dotto on her co-created solo in Small Stages 35, Deanna Peter’s “Cut Away”, touring Europe with Uzume Taiko ensemble, playing “Al-Star” in the “Groovaloos” (LA) show, touring all around the US as a tap dancer in Rhythmatix and working in film and television choreographing “The Possession” and dancing in “Warrior’s Gate”, “Witches of Eastend”, “Further Adventures in Babysitting”,
“Rags, “Hellcats”, “Spectacular”, “Kickin’ it Old Skool”, “Another Cinderella Story”, “Centre Stage 2”, and “The L Word”.
Receiving her first BC Arts Council project grant, Kim was thrilled to have the support to create a new piece on what it means to battle and also have the professional organization, New Works, present it. The new full-length piece titled “Into the Tao” explores a mix of taiko drumming with a scratch DJ and 8 street dance artists.
Kim has been teaching for over 23 years and is happy to have completed her 4th semester of teaching CA 120, a 3-credit course in Hip Hop and Funk styles dance at Simon Fraser University. Kim continues to passionately direct and lead Project Soul, the professional street dance collective that has been touring for the past 9 years through the Artstarts in Schools Program. She is excited to keep challenging herself as an artist, educator, artistic director, choreographer, producer and dance advocate as long as she possibly can.