Play New: Konatsu Yamasa
Konatsu Yamasa defies gravity in the breakdance community. Originally from Japan, Konatsu moved to Toronto to explore the world of breakdance, and specifically the Toronto-style. Though she didn’t speak the language and didn’t know anyone in the city, Konatsu found herself part of the crew as she communicated through dance, giving her a renewed sense freedom, in movement and self-expression. Since competing in the athletic artform, Konatsu never looked back, though her experience in dance hasn’t been an easy one.
"Competing in break dancing as a woman is challenging. There are fewer opportunities for b-girls to compete, and the moves are different because the bodies are different." But that didn’t stop her from pursuing the not-so-traditional career in dance.
Konatsu is a dancer in constant competition with herself, always prepared to take on new challenges in the name of growth. Konatsu has made a name in the breakdancing realm by taking risks and finding new ways to move as a b-girl. When asked what motivates her, without pausing, she says "other b-girls". Konatsu and b-girls around the globe have taken on the enormous task of interpreting and elevating the athletic dance form on new bodies.
A Japanese teacher and translator by day, Konatsu speaks about dance as a cultural exchange. For her, passion for the artform knows no borders. Instead, dance is a perfect medium to communicate and connect with people from around the world. Today, Konatsu is fluent in Toronto-style breakdance and footwork, and is eager to learn more about diverse styles of breaking around the globe.