Nanako Horikawa Mandrino (she/her) is a Rochester-based performer, choreographer and collaborator. She is originally from Sapporo, Japan, where she started her ballet training at age of six. Nanako continued her dance education in the United States and received her BFA in Dance from The College at Brockport. She has been performing as a soloist and an ensemble member for local dance companies for more than 10 years. As an independent dance artist, Nanako had been involved in theater, opera, film productions, and co-produced shows presenting locally and internationally. Nanako has taught dance as a guest teacher at The College at Brockport, Nazareth College, Syracuse University, and Friends University in Wichita, KS, where she also served as a guest artist for The Nutcracker production. Nanako is a Certified Projective Kineticist (CPK) in Projective Kinetics Analysis and Training (PKAT) and a certified pilates instructor at Evolution Pilates.