Saki Okuyama was born and raised in Sapporo, Japan. She began her classical ballet training at the age of 7 at Hokkaido International Ballet Dance Company. At the age of 18 she travelled to Novosibirsk, Russia to train at the prestigious Russian National Novosibirsk State Choreographic Academy where she won first place in their annual competition in 2010. She also won fifth place in the Namu Ballet Competition Japan in 2012. Upon graduation and wanting to further her training in ballet she joined the Goh Ballet in Vancouver, Canada performing with their Youth Company for 3 years, under Chan Hon Goh. During this time, she was involved in the Goh’s production of The Nutcracker dancing in the role of Arabian and others. Currently, Saki is a part of Coastal City Ballet under Li Yaming. During her dance career, she has danced in many productions including Giselle, Le Corsaire and Monasterio by Renata Pacheco. Wanting to pass on her love of dance, she has taught at Pro Arte for the last 2 years and regularly teaches level 3 ballet at Harbour Dance. Saki is excited to teach at the The Landing Dance Center and to share her passion for Ballet with her students.