Lu Nagata’s pole dancing performance “Love is in the air” at Le Baron de Paris in Aoyama was an amazing show. It was written and produced by Lu Nagata with special performances by Natasha Wang , 2011 winner of US pole dance championship and Jenyne Butterfly the first ever US pole dance champion. I was privileged to be invited by Lu herself to shoot the show and I did my best to capture movement, flair and colors to really show the beauty of pole dancing. I hope my images has left a good impression on her.
Here are some other photos from the event:
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If anyone is seeking an event, dance or pole-dancing photographer in Tokyo, Japan I am available for hire. I guarantee my photography will show beautiful movement and action like the photos shown above.
Here’s a profile from her website www.lunagata.com :
“Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Lu was introduced to the performing arts at an early age. She has been doing various types of art, music and performance since she was a child. In 2000, she left japan and decided to travel the world for several years to look for new ideas and forms of art.
While in Europe, she watched fascinated and inspired by various circus shows such as the Cirq du soleir which is a performing arts acrobatic show. .It was at this point she began to develop her own unique performance material.
After her world travels she moved to NY to study dance, fitness and performing arts at BDC and Alvin Ailey. In addition to her studies, she learned circus acrobatics at circus schools in UK and Hong Kong.
Her specialties are using the Chinese Pole (used for Circus shows) or regular pole for pole dancing combining acrobatics, jazz dance with contemporary style and aerial hoop(ring).
Lu is quite connected in the international performing art community with an established network of friends and respected artists such as cirque du soleil, [Dralion] ex member : Claudel Dubet, Famous Chinese Pole Artist from Berlin : Remi Martin and many more.
Returning to Tokyo in 2006 she started dance classes with her knowledge of Pilates and Anatomy which lead to the development of her Dance Studio.
Lu opened her own pole dance fitness and aerial dance studio [Art Flow Tokyo] in the center of Tokyo with over 600 students which is currently the biggest pole dance and aerial dance studio in Japan.
She is also trying to show pole dancing as a performing art and fitness in the same class as jazz, ballet or hip hop dance while trying to avoid such negative stereo types associated with pole dancing.
She has been in the spot light recently appearing in various TV shows, magazines, tours and shows all across the world and she has became quite a respected and famous artist in Japan. In addition she has done some unique modeling with her many tattoos and mysterious Asian appeal.
She also has been invited as a special judge and guest artist for International Pole Dance Fitness World Competition 2008 and 2009. One of her disciples, Mai Sato became world pole champion 2009. “