Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Meet Ryosuke Morimoto of the Dutch National Ballet Junior Company

Ryosuke Morimoto
Photo Robin DePuy
(c) Dutch National Ballet 2014
Reproduced with kind permission of the 
Dutch National Ballet

Ryosuke was born in Osaka and studied ballet in Japan and Germany. He started to study ballet because his elder sister did it. He studied at the Tanaka ballet school, the Hamburg Ballet School and the State Ballet School of Berlin. He was inspired by Olaf Höfer who taught him for 2 years in Berlin.

Like Bart and Lisanne he said that getting into the Junior Company was his greatest achievement to date.

He has already danced Ali and Birbanto in Le Corsaire and looks forward to dancing Rothbart in Swan Lake and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. These are interesting choices that suggest a career as a character dancer. His favourite dancers are Sergei Polunin, Isaac Hernandez, Casey Herd, Joaquin de Luz and Marian Walter. Again, interesting choices.

His immediate ambitions are to get into the Dutch National Ballet and then progress to soloist as soon as possible. In the longer term he wants to teach.

Ryosuke’s main interests outside ballet are baseball and music.

A very interesting young man who knows where he is going. I look forward to seeing him dance and I wish him all the best.

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