Mioi Forster-Nakayama

(Just in case you wonder how my name is pronounced

.......It is Me-O-E!

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I was born and brought up in Hiroshima. When I was 20, I met two street young girls in Istanbul, who changed my life. I decided to work for street and working children. I established an art school for street kids in Bangalore, India and worked with them for 11 years. I often encountered the situations where these children were psychologically suffering even after their performances wowed the audience. This experience led me to explore therapeutic aspects of arts. Now I chose to become a dance movement psychotherapist. My passion for dance and children remain the same till today.

Dance Movement Psychotherapist

MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths, University of London

A registered member at the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK) and Japan Association of Dance Therapy 

Clinical experiences vary : I worked at a primary mainstream school, secondary special needs school, Pupil Referral Unit, charities, prison and psychiatric hospitals in England. I am a practitioner of  Authentic Movement.

I am a body mapping practitioner, trained by Annette Schwalbe (Sr. RDMP, Supervisor, Body Map Artist)

My approach is psychodynamic, person-centred and integrative.

Child Rights ctivist

I worked at an NGO, Tokyo before moving to India. I am a co-founder and co-director of Bornfree Art School, Bangalore, India. It is an NGO for working, street and bonded labour children. Administering, coordinating, creating production, liaising with the multi-disciplinarily team. Created dance-theatre productions based on themes of child rights, child labour, peace and women. I am the co-director of Bornfree Art Japan. 


I am a performer/mover. I love to create a thematic dance-theatre piece. I practice jazz, tap dance, Yoga and Taichi. Trained by Yana Lewis (Dip. ISTD), the Director of the Yana Lewis Dance Academy (Bangalore) as well as performed with Yana Lewis Dance Company.


Peace Movement Activist

I have been involved in peace movements since my childhood. I am interested in  Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa, Fukushima, Holocaust, Indo-Pakistan, Palestine, Tibet free movements. I strongly believe in a military nuclear free world.  


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