Yayoi Kambara has been a Bay Area artist since 2000. She moved to San Francisco after receiving a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Lawrence University and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Kambara was a company member with ODC/Dance under the direction of Brenda Way and KT Nelson from 2003–2015 and danced as a freelance artist with Sara Shelton Mann Contraband, Scott Wells and Dancers, Flyaway Productions, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, STEAMROLLER and Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians. She was the Rehearsal Director and one of the artistic leaders of AXIS Dance Company during Judith Smith’s sabbatical in 2015. KAMBARA + DANCERS was founded in 2015 as a vehicle to produce her choreography.