Photo: Rahman Heyes

Sawako S. Gannon is a freelance dancer based in the San Francisco Bay Area from Japan. Upon moving to San Francisco from Tokyo, Gannon graduated with a B.A. in Dance from San Francisco State University. Gannon trained with Ray Tadio and Cathleen McCarthy, as well as academic instruction from Yutian Wong. Gannon is a sought-after dancer and had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Anna Harris’s Driven Arts Collective, Jennifer Gerry, Joselyn Reyes, Joe Landini’s dog+pony, Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company as a Pathway program dancer as well as numerous artists. Gannon Currently works with Alyssa Mitchel and is an active company dancer of David Herrera’s David Herrera Performance Company, whose work will premiere at Z Space in Mission district, San Francisco in 2022 spring. As an independent artist, Gannon completed a residency program at SAFEhouse Arts, for the 29th West Wave Dance Festival, a local dance festival that has run over decades supporting numerous local, emerging artists to be seen.

Experience Highlight

March 2020 – Current “The Tip of My Tongue” David Herrera Performance Company, Dir: David Herrera, Z SPACE, SF

December 2020 “Gomzk” Original choreography, Self directed film, shot at Stockton Tunnel in Chinatown, SF. London International Monthly Film Festival – Honorable Mention

November 2020 “Desire is a Strange Engine” STEAMROLLER Dance Company, Dir:Jesselito Bie, SF Intl. Art Festival, Fort Mason, SF

November 2019  “ZENO and the Art of Never Making It” Jennifer Garry, SAFEhouse Arts, SF

August 2019 “Khora” Driven Arts Collective, Dir: Anna Harris, ODC Theater, SF

June 2019 “Seven to the Seventh” Itnl. improvisational performance Joe Landini, SAFEhouse Arts, SF

April 2019 “Malong” Ray Tadio, McKenna Theater, SF

April 2019 “Mad Brass” Janice Garrett, McKenna Theater, SF

Available for

Teaching (Modern, Contemporary, Ballet for adults and teens)

Dance Performance


Modeling (Art model, Photography model)