When Christopher Wilson, FCLC ’17, found out that he had made the company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, he immediately called his mother, who screamed and dropped the phone. “It took, like, a good two minutes for her to come back to me, so I just sort of sat there, just listening to her, and I was also crying at the same time,” he said.
KANJI SEGAWA (Kanagawa, Japan) began his modern dance training with his mother, Erika Akoh, and studied ballet with Kan Horiuchi and Ju Horiuchi at Unique Ballet Theatre in Tokyo. In 1997, Mr. Segawa came to the United States under the Japanese Government Artist Fellowship to train at The Ailey School. Mr. Segawa was a member of Ailey II from 2000 to 02 and Robert Battle’s Battleworks Dance Company from 2002 to 10. He worked extensively with choreographer Mark Morris from 2004 to 11, repeatedly appearing in Mr. Morris’ various productions, including as a principal dancer in John Adams’ Nixon in China at The Metropolitan Opera. He has also worked with Aszure Barton’s Aszure and Artists, Jessica Lang Dance, Earl Mosley, Jennifer Muller/The Works, and Igal Perry. Mr. Segawa joined the Company in 2011.