Yoko Morishita

Born in Hiroshima, 7 Dec. 1948 - Japanese dancer. The first Japanese ballerina to achieve international acclaim. She studied with Michiko Suwa and Akiko Tachibana in Tokyo and later with Mikiko Matsuyama. She also studied with Igor Schwezoff in Tokyo, with Marika Besobrasova in Monaco in 1975 and with Alexandra Danilova in New York. In 1971 she joined the Matsuyama Ballet Company in Tokyo as a principal, eventually becoming prima ballerina. She made her debut as Odette-Odile with the Matsuyama Ballet in 1975; her first Giselle followed in 1977. She appeared as a guest artist with many companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera, and the Stuttgart Ballet. She was frequently partnered by Nureyev on concert tours and danced Kitri in his production of Don Quixote for the Nureyev Festival in London in 1980. She married the choreographer Tetsutaro Shimizu.

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