Known as a committed professional with a track record of consistently demonstrating the desire to inspire others through her work and success, Chika launched Danceletics International (www.danceleticsinternationa.com) with the goal of sharing her dance and fitness experiences with the world.
Through her Japan dance, fitness and cheer tour, fitness and dance training workshops and study abroad programs, she has created the perfect mechanism to accomplish that goal. Where Danceletics International is primarily for professional dancers and cheerleaders, Chika also founded the Study Abroad Foundation of the Arts (SAFA) (www.studyartsabroad.org) to help the next generation of students from Asia that are in dance or other sectors of the arts. Because Chika knows first-hand how hard it is to chase your dreams and passions in a foreign country without truly knowing the language and culture, SAFA is a 501c3 organization that makes the road a little easier through English classes and extensive study abroad experiences.
Danceletics International was conceived when fitness professional, dancer and NBA cheerleader Chika Takai combined her worlds of fitness, dance and cheer together into an innovative program designed specifically for dancers and cheerleaders. As a captain and veteran cheerleader for the NBA Atlanta Hawks, she wanted to improve her ability to perform at the highest level on center court. Even as a life-long, seasoned dancer the infusion of fitness catapulted her abilities to the next level and Danceletics International was born... an intense process of movement, fitness and improved performance for dancers and cheerleaders. The goals were simple:
The Study Abroad Foundation of the Arts (SAFA) is a 501(c)(3) organization that was formed to create professionally, academically and culturally enriching study abroad experiences for students in art-focused industries which the state of Georgia leads the United States. Although many of our programs are designed for Japanese students, our programs have been customized for other markets throughout Asia as well.
With an increasingly globalized world, we feel providing access to oversees experiences can furnish students an array of skills that can be instrumental for success in their native country and on the international stage. At SAFA, we live and labor to provide seeking students programming and services that expand their academic horizon, enhance their professional network and hone their English skills.
We believe the international study abroad experiences we create with its strong educational institutions, incredible innovation and world-class organizations can contribute to an excellent professional foundation for future global leaders.