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AS IS | Toko Tatekawa

Ballet dancer

From Shiga, Japan

Based in Bydgoszcz, Poland

We interviewed charming Toko Tatekawa on her perspective on dance, journey with the ballet, things to change in the industry, angles to look at spectacular performance, and many more.

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you to ballet?

T: My name is Toko Tatekawa. I'm from Japan and working at Opera Nova w Bydgoszcz in Poland.

I started ballet when I was 3 years old and I studied at the ballet school in Japan.

At first, I just started ballet as part of activities, but I became interested while dancing. When I performed at school in the US, I felt dancing is really fun. At this time, I thought I want to continue to dance ballet.

A: Where do you find the inspiration?

T: Of course at my working place, and I watch performances at the theater and videos on the internet. Also, I think I find my inspiration from my life as an artist.

A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to the ballet and art of dance, what to begin with?

T: I recommend enjoying dancing. I'd like you to know how fun it is to dance ballet!

A: Your top 3 favorite adjectives related to the dance/ballet?

T: Emotional, logical, fun

A: The best angle to look at the ballet is from ...?

T: Anywhere and it depends on the person. Different people have different sensibilities.

A: If you could change one thing in the world of ballet - what would it be?

T: I wish ballet will be more popular in my country, Japan. There are many people who dance ballet in Japan, but there are not enough organizations to support ballet. So it would be nice if we can make a good environment for enjoying ballet.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to dance)

T: Continuity is the father of success.

Thank you!

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