A New Beginning for Noriko

The 2016-2017 season was my last as a professional dancer. I have a new role this season as the Assistant to the Directors. I am excited to be back with my new job title and reaching out to the world with a different point of view.

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My Very Last Stage

By Noriko Zaragoza

This is my final blog post as a professional ballet dancer.

I am about to finish my professional dance career in 3 weeks, and I’m very happy about the decision I made. This season I had the chance work very close with my Director, Javier Velasco, and I leaned so much. He gave me a very clear guide on what it takes to become a Ballet Mistress and when I was slightly lost he always showed me the right way. It wasn’t easy for me to do and sometimes I needed to follow through on some very difficult decisions even though I felt slightly uncomfortable.

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Jazz Dancing on Pointe

By Noriko Zaragoza

I am a classically trained ballet dancer, but I’ve had many opportunities to dance in different styles such as contemporary, modern, and jazz. My ballet studio back home, “Sasaki Mika Ballet Academy,” was wonderful and exposed me to many of these styles. They taught me to be diverse and that I would need to learn many different styles/techniques in order to be a successful dancer in today’s dance world.

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