Aoi Takahashi

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Aoi Takahashi, a native of Fukushima, Japan began her ballet training at age four with the Hitomi Takeuchi Ballet School.  In 2011, she came to the United States to study at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy.  Ms. Takahashi placed fifth in the 2012 Japan Grand Prix and in 2013 was awarded a scholarship to Texas Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive.  She has performed Clara in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker and is in her third season with Texas Ballet Theater.

Where are you from?
Fukushima, Japan.

When did you begin dancing?

Why did you begin dancing?
When I was young, I loved dancing with a TV show.

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?

What is your favorite ballet to see?
Romeo and Juliet.

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Serenade or Clara in The Nutcracker.

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
I have to take care of and control myself every day.

What’s your least favorite word?
Failure teaches success.

What is your favorite part of a performance?
When I bow for the audience.

When are you the most nervous? If at all…
Before I go on stage.

What is your favorite meal?

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
Always do not forget the feeling of gratitude.