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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Six Essential Teaching Tools

Noriko Zaragoza shares her Six Essential Teaching Tools.

Happy New Year. This is the time of year when people are thinking of what they want this year to about. Many make resolutions to do new or different things.  As a dancer and ballet teacher, I’m in the middle of the season, and my resolutions for my career and well under way.

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