IDA SAKI  | BALLET

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ida Saki attended Tisch School of the Arts of New York University after graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She has received such accolades as modern dance winner by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungArts, named a Texas Young Master in dance, Iran’s Person of the Day, and received five national honors, including Distinguished Performer of the Year and Outstanding Dancer of the Year. Ida has graced the cover of the prestigious Dance Spirit Magazine, Parastoo Magazine, and has appeared within the magazines numerous times. Beyond her dancing, Ida’s choreography has received national recognition through various dance competitions as well as National High School Dance Festival. She has performed alongside Gallim Dance in Grand Central Terminal in a Lacoste Fragrance Launch as well as danced in benefits for Ronald McDonald House, Hurricane Sandy, and Japan Relief Benefits. She has also performed at the Wanderlust Yoga Festival, as well as Alicia Key’s annual Black Ball. In addition to her accomplishments, she works to raise money for childhood cancer through Dancer’s Give Back and college scholarships through the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation. Ida continually searches to extend her studies, such as becoming a Mind Body Dancer Yoga® Teacher, studying gaga in Israel and Italy, and teaching students in Ukraine. In 2010, Ida was the only female dancer to be named the Presidential Scholar and meet President Obama. Recently, she co-created and performed at a show premiered at the Kennedy Center and was also named one of Dance Magazine’s 2013 Top 25 to Watch. She currently dances and internationally tours with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.