Founder and Director of Hariyama Ballet
Dancer, Teacher, Coach and Pianist.
Raised and coached dancers that won various international competitions.
Her love is teaching ballet to children and adults of all ages and levels,
spreading the joy of dance, and sharing the beauty of the Arts.
Mami Hariyama was born in Osaka, Japan and has two main professional careers: ballet and piano.
She trained and performed ballet in Osaka and was coached by ballet teachers from Vaganova Ballet.
At 15, she traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to take classes and perform with The Leningrad State Ballet ,
and also to Indianapolis, USA where she took lessons with Irina Kolpakova.
Staring at the age of 17 as a pianist, Mami traveled throughout Japan with Ludmila Kovaleva and
Mariya Grivanova from the Vaganova ballet academy, a relationship that continues during her summer
returns to Japan. She continues traveling back to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm, Russia every few years
to keep her ballet method and educate herself.
Since moving to The US in 2004, Mami's piano has been heard in studios such as Steps on Broadway,
Broadway Dance Center, and American Ballet Theater, working with more than 100 different ballet teachers.
Mami was the pianist for the 2010 and 2014 International Ballet Competition USA which takes place every four years in Jackson Mississippi. Her recording credits include a ballet CD with Master teacher David Howard and three ballet CDs for Disney, distributed by Avex records. In all she has total of 7 ballet CDs.
She and her family produced the successful and media covered “Dream Concert" series in Osaka and Tokyo in the years 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2017 where they brought world renowned dancers and musicians. The performers included herself, her parents and their musician friends. Dances were performed by her sisters and guests.
She also produced many performances in NY including “Hope Dream Happiness”. She wants to give a chance for children to see the live arts and also fundraised for them to support their effort to become an artists.
Presently her efforts are geared to "Hariyama Ballet", her own ballet school. She produce School Performances and Her students are also noticed in the competitions around the world and receiving medals and awards. She also travels the US and Japan to coach, guest teach, and give master classes.
In all, She had around 700 students in the past, many students received gold medals in the international dance festivals and competitions, some of them are professional ballet dancers now.
In June 2023, hosted the annual school performance on June 4th, 2023 at Riverside Church Theater. This was her 30th performance which was hosted and produced in NYC.
AWARDS which her students received
BEST TEACHER AWARD in 2020
BEST SCHOOL AWARD in 2020
Youth America Grand Prix
Maria Nakai - 2nd Place Classical Variation
Tsumugi Tomioka - 3rd Place Classical Variation
Maria Nakai - Top 6 Contemporary
Tsumugi Tomioka - Tap 6 Contemporary
Invitation for YAGP 2021 Final
Maria Nakai and Tsumugi Tomioka
Jewel Festival 2021
1st place Best School - Hariyama Ballet
2nd place Best Teacher - Mami Hariyama
Annika Zuri - 3rd place - Spain
Kanon Kubota - 2nd place - Coppelia
Ami Tobiya - 2nd place - Fairy
Hinata Ohno - 3rd place - Paquita
Sae Matsuo - 3rd place - Fairy
Eri Marmur - 3rd place - Jewel
Sophie Amiri Goodman - 2nd place - Swan Lake
Sanoka Toyama - 2nd place - Cupid
Maria Nakai - 2nd place - Chinese
Maria Nakai - 1st place - Spirit of the earth
Tsumugi Tomioka - 3rd place - Winter Sprite
Maria Nakai - Judge Award
Tsumugi Tomioka - Judge Award
Kanon Kubota - Cutest Award
Jewel Festival 2020
Tsumugi Tomioka - 2nd place Classical Ballet and Audience Choice Award
June Morishige - 2nd place Classical Ballet
Lea-Miyu Foulloy - 1st place Contemporary
YAGP New York
Tsumugi Tomioka - Top 12
Lisa Kamiya - 1st place - International Ballet Competition 2019 (Classical Ballet)
Reina Nakamura - 1st place - International Ballet Competition 2019 (Contemporary)
Lisa Kamiya - 1st place and Judges award- Jewels Competition 2019 (Classical Ballet)
June Morishige - 3rd place - Jewels Competition 2019 (Contemporary)
June Morishige - Best technique award - Jewels Competition 2019 (Classical)
Nicole Lee - Encouragement award - Jewels Competition 2019
May Inui - Best Musicality - Jewels Competition 2019
Lisa Kamiya - Gold medal - Riga (Latvia) Spring Dance Competition, 2018 (Classical Ballet)
Reina Nakamura - Silver medal - Riga Spring Dance Competition, 2018 (Classical Ballet)
Reina Nakamura - Silver medal - Riga Spring Dance Competition, 2018 (Contemporary)
June Morishige - Silver medal - medal - Riga Spring Dance Competition, 2018 (Contemporary)
Momoko Okamoto - Bronze medal - Riga Spring Dance Competition, 2018 (Classical Ballet)
Accepted to NYC Final at Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition, 2018
Kanae Funabiki and Momoko Okamoto
Millabella Fanning - Top 12 Youth America Grand Prix, NYC 2018
Saaya Hartley - Top 12 Youth America Grand Prix, NYC 2018
Competitors - Karin Ueda, Kanae Funabiki, Jun Morishige, Momoko Okamoto, May Inui,
Millabella Fanning, Saaya Hartley
Lisa Kamiya - 1st place, Japan Ballet Competition, JBC 2016
Ameli Sato - 6th Place, American Dance Competition, ADC IBC 2016
Ameli Sato - 9th Place, American Dance Competition, ADC IBC 2016
Miuka Kadoi - 13t Place, American Dance Competition, ADC IBC 2016
Scholarship to Rock School Dance Education, American Dance Competition, ADC IBC 2016
Mii Fitzgerald - Top 12, YAGP Boston 2016
Fuki Takahashi - 3rd place, Youth America Grand Prix contemporary 2015
Miuka Kadoi - 1st place, Youth America Grand Prix Pre-Competitive 2015
Ameli Sato - Top 12, Youth America Grand Prix Pre-Competitive 2015
Cinon Matsumoto - Top 12, Youth America Grand Prix, Pre-Competitive 2015
Fuki Takahashi - Scholarship from Orlando ballet Trainee position
Fuki Takahashi - Accepted Arabesque Competition, Perm (Russia) 2014
Fuki Takahashi - 2nd place, Tanzolymp Berlin (Germany) Competition 2014
Fuki Takahashi - Accepted International Ballet Competition, Jackson USA , 2014
6th place, Kawasaki Ballet Competition, 2011
Miu Yamauchi - 2nd place, Youth America Grand prix, Torrington 2012
Ayu Miyata - 2nd place, Tanzolymp Berlin Competition 2011
2nd place, Youth America Grand prix, Indiana 2011
Aya Wagatsuma - Hope award, Tanzolymp Berlin Competition 2010
She taught and coached :
Fuki Takahashi - Dancer at Atlanta Ballet
Rina Takikawa - Dancer at IBS stage
Miu Yamauchi - Director at Miu Ballet School
Ree Ishikawa - Dancer at Khazakhstan Ballet
Saya Katsuma - Takarazuka Revue
Students also got into JKO, NYCB, other international schools and companies.
Performances she has produced :
2005 New Year's eve concert, City Center, NYC
2006, Hariyama Ballet performance, City Center, NYC
2007 and 2008, New York and Tokyo Performance exchange, City Center, NYC
2009, Japan Festival in NYC
2009, Hariyama Ballet Performance, NYC
2010 to present, Winter Performance (Every year), Alvin Ailey, NYC
2010 to present, Yume Performance (Every year), The Riverside Church Theater
2011, Spring Performance at Riverside Theater, NYC
2010, Winter Performance, Alvin Ailey, NYC
2012, Guest appearance for Sakura Ballet, LA. performed with Jose Carreno
2012, Spring Performance at Riverside Theater, NYC
2013, Hope Dream Happiness, The Riverside Church Theater
2013, Spring Performance at Riverside Theater, NYC
2013, Winter Performance, Alvin Ailey, NYC
2014, Spring Performance at Riverside Theater, NYC
2014, Winter Performance, Alvin Ailey, NYC
2015, Spring Performance at Riverside Theater, NYC
2015, Winter Performance, Alvin Ailey, NYC
2016, Winter Performance, Alvin Ailey, NYC
2016, Riga International Dance Festival
2016, Spring Performance at Riverside Theater, NYC
2017, Spring Performance 2017, NYC
2017, Winter Performance 2017, NYC
2018. Spring Performance 2018 at Symphony space, NYC
2019, International Ballet Competition, Production team stuff