Jill Togawa, a yonsei from O‘ahu, has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1988. She trained at the Alexander Training Institute in San Francisco under the direction of Frank Ottiwell, and assisted Mr. Ottiwell at the American Conservatory Theatre. She has worked with artists from arts organizations including the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet and Opera, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Asian American Dance Performances, the Women’s Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony. In community she has led workshops for women living with cancer, in substance and domestic abuse recovery, elders aging, LGBTQ youth, and many others. She is a choreographer/dancer and UHM alumnus, whose work has been commissioned and funded by the NEA, California Arts Council, James Irvine Foundation, and numerous foundations, presenters and community organizations. In 1992 she founded Purple Moon in San Francisco, using dance and multi-disciplinary collaboration to illuminate stories of less visible communities including lesbians and women of color.
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