Corrine Nagata

Ms. Corrine Nagata’s diverse teaching experiences at prestigious dance institutions augment her passion for sharing the joy of dance in her hometown, San Francisco. 

Nationally, she has taught and helped develop programs at the renowned Alvin Ailey American School of Dance, Dance Theater of Harlem, Children’s Dance Institute in Idaho, and Public School 241 in Harlem. She has also taught at the National Dance Institute alongside founder Jaques D’Amboise, whose pedagogy continues to inspire and inform her own.

Ms. Nagata’s experience, professionalism, insight, and ability to connect with dancers of all levels and ages have made her an exemplary instructor and dance professional in the bay area the last 15 years. In addition to having served as a full term member on San Francisco’s Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee, Ms. Nagata has taught master classes at Stanford University and School of the Arts (S.O.T.A), while LINES Ballet’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Dominican University and A.C.T.’s Masters in Fine Arts program value her as part of their returning faculties. Her own dance program, Nagata Dance, partners with nearly a dozen public and private schools in the city to provide unique dance classes that inspire excellence by balancing structure with fun.

Ms. Nagata gains great joy watching all of her dancers grow, whether they are beginners or aspiring professionals. Furthermore, because she believes that dance can build community and is committed to reaching as many students as possible, NAGATA Dance expanded to open a studio in the heart of Japantown on June 14, 2014, offering all-day summer dance camps. The studio will soon host children’s ballet and hip hop classes and a scholarship program called Sunday Celebration Team. Ms. Nagata looks forward to sharing the joy of dance with neighbors at community organizations and events, such as senior centers and local festivals, from NAGATA Dance’s new home in Japantown.



Ms. Nagata "is strong, disciplined, and has a loving nature, which permeates in all of her endeavors. Her choreography is inventive and she can dance up a storm." 

Jacques d'Amboise, founder of the National Dance Institute