Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ida Saki, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and continued her studies at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has received national honor as a modern dance winner by NFAA YoungArts where she was the only female dancer to be named the Presidential Scholar of the Arts in 2010. Saki was a closing member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet after dancing with them from 2012-2015, and named one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch in 2013. She is a co-founder of the event, Dancer’s Give Back Dallas, a workshop and performance that works to raise money for childhood and adolescent cancer. Saki has trained as a yoga teacher and Mind Body Dancer Yoga® teacher through the Perri Institute for Mind and Body and is currently performing in the immersive show Sleep No More in New York City.
how has your study of yoga or connection to our community related to a project or pathway in your life?
Yoga has deepened the connection to myself during performance. It had become a habit to focus on what the audience was thinking, and in turn, I lost sight of what was occurring internally. My practice balances and grounds me before every performance, and allows me to recognize where I am in the present moment.