Tino Nozaki is a Dance Educator based in Portland, Oregon, specializing in Hip Hop, Contemporary, and overall technique for all ages and levels. Tino is originally from the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii, where he started his foundations of Street Funk and Jazz training, while also being under the mentorship of Deanna Luster (Diamond Head Theatre) in overall technique and Broadway Jazz. In 2007, several years after moving to Oregon, he started to further his study in Hip Hop under the mentorship of Patricia “Mz. Triche” Sylvester.
Since 2009, Tino has taught as an Adjunct Faculty member of Portland Community College at the Rock Creek campus. He currently leads the development of the Dance program as the sole Multi-Year Contract educator in the PE/Dance department. Tino is also a proud faculty member at Portland Dance Center since 2016, where he directs the Competition Hip Hop team; he also teaches Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern/Contemporary, Lyrical, Dance Conditioning, and Hip Hop at several studios in the area.
Tino’s other credits include the following: Director, Producer, Choreographer, Lighting Designer, and Sound Tech for iN.GAUGE Dance Company’s first full length show, “iN.Trance” (2011); iN.GAUGE Dance Company, Artistic Director (2009-2015); Legacy Dance Project, Artistic Director (2016-present); Portland State University’s Steps of Rhythm student dance group, Director & Lead Choreographer (2007-2009); Commissioned works presented internationally in Scotland by Krayon Kids of Oregon City (2011); Choreography and appearance in Giano’s “Beautiful World” music video (2009); Choreography for Evashia Divashia’s “Cheza Nami” music video (2011); and various works presented at Dance Coalition of Oregon’s Blue Sky Choreographer’s Showcase (2009, 2010).
YPAD helped me to realize just how much an adult, especially in an educational or leadership role in a child’s life, can affect the development and eventually their entire outlook on life. For me, going through certification was not about self-censorship; it was self-awareness and improvement. YPAD has reminded me to be the teacher I am with confidence, and that my confidence comes from the knowledge I’ve gained from the YPAD network. With each new piece of information I obtain from reliable sources, I feel more equipped and ready to keep our young dancers in a positive and safe environment, in and outside the studio. Information is valuable, especially those which we simply cannot ignore or unlearn; and for the greater good, such information must be passed on. This is why I am grateful to be a part of the YPAD movement to promote awareness and continuing education.