Releasing and Realigning

The Dance Post has been hosting twice a week training in Mitzvah and Itcush techniques taught by certified teacher Kana Nemoto.  

Kana Nemoto teaching Mitzvah & Itcush class

Kana Nemoto teaching Mitzvah & Itcush class

The Mitzvah Technique and Itcush Method is a new approach to learn movement and function of the body. Focusing on the alignment and mechanics of the body, we learn to release unnecessary tension and find efficient movement with minimum effort...we allow the body to return to its ideal movement, function and freedom to expand movement possibility.
— Kana Nemoto

Native to Kobe, Japan, Kana arrived in Canada in 2009 to pursue individual training with Amelia Itcush (1945-2011), an Alexander Technique, and Mitzvah Technique teacher who founded the Itcush Method. As a young ballet dancer, Kana was introduced to the Mitzvah Technique in 1996 when Amelia taught the dancers at Kobe Ballet Studio (Kobe, Japan). This stirred Kana’s interests in a holistic and practical approach to body movement and led her to complete a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at the Tottori University in Japan while she continued training at Tottori City Ballet (Tottori, Japan). After graduation, Kana made decision to move to Canada and pursue study in the Mitzvah Technique full-time. She began teacher training with Toshie Okabe (Toronto) and Amelia Itcush. Kana was certified as a Mitzvah Teacher in 2014 and has moved to Winnipeg to start her own MT practice and is actively involved in collaborations with other Mitzvah Teachers such as Kathy Morgan (Saskatoon) and Chihiro Tsubota (Kobe, Japan).