Galien Johnston Hattori
Galien received her training at The National Ballet School of Canada. Upon graduation, she joined the National Ballet of Canada for one season before moving to the Hamburg Ballet in Germany where she performed for seven years. During her time in Hamburg, Galien danced a variety of roles and had the opportunity to work with some of the best teachers and choreographers in Europe. In 2006, Galien joined the Alberta Ballet as a Principal Dancer and performed roles such as Desdemona in Othello, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, and The Cellist in Vigil of Angels. She also starred in new works for Alberta Ballet such as Tubular Bells, Seven Deadly Sins, and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. Upon retiring from her career as a dancer, Galien began guest teaching at schools around Alberta and in Japan. She was the children's cast director for Alberta Ballet's Nutcracker in 2011 and 2012 and was Guest Ballet Mistress for the company's 2014/2015 season. Last year she was ballet teacher at the Edge School as well as Guest Teacher for the Alberta Ballet. Galien also remains an active performer and was most recently seen in The Soldiers Tale at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan and as Lady Capulet in Alberta Ballet's Romeo and Juliet. She is looking forward to this new adventure and sharing her knowledge and expertise with students at the Hattori/Williamson School of Ballet.
Yukichi began his training in Tokyo, Japan before attending the Hamburg Ballet School in Hamburg, Germany. Upon graduation, Yukichi joined the Hamburg Ballet and rose to the rank of Soloist. During his time in Hamburg Yukichi danced many soloist and principal roles and he performed as a guest artist with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Under the mentorship of director John Neumeier, Yukichi began to explore choreography and has been continuing to develop his choreographic voice. In 2006, Yukichi joined the Alberta Ballet as a Principal dancer and has delighted audiences in roles such as Elton Fan in Love Lies Bleeding, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Mozart in Requiem. Yukichi has been an active choreographer for the company creating Tubular Bells, Seven Deadly Sins, Temple, Carmen, and Rite to name a few. He has also created works in Japan and for the Hamburg Ballet. Along with his career as a dancer and choreographer, Yukichi has found time to share his knowledge and skills as a teacher in ballet and contemporary both locally and internationally. His passion for the art of dance and high energy make him an engaging teacher for the next generation of dancers.
Tara Williamson, originally from Richmond, BC trained at the Richmond Academy of Dance. She began her career with the Alberta Ballet performing roles such as Juliet in Jean Grand-Maitre's Romeo and Juliet, Carabosse in Kirk Peterson's Sleeping Beauty, and Choleric in George Balenchine's The Four Temperments. After eight years with Alberta Ballet, she worked with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, then for two years with Ballet BC. She has been fortunate to perform pieces by world renowned choreographers such as Medhi Walerski, Jorma Elo, Sharon Eyal, Wen Wei Wang, Cayetano Sato, and William Forsythe. Tara has taught many master classes and guest teaches internationally and locally with prestigious schools such as School of Alberta Ballet, International School of Ballet, Richmond Academy of Dance, Point Park University, RNB Dance & Theatre Arts, and Avant Dance Company. She is thrilled to create a wonderful environment with the Hattoris and students at the Hattori/Williamson School of Ballet.