American Repertory Ballet dancer Mizuki Sato has been dancing since the age of four, and has been devoted to her dancing career ever since. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Sato began her dance training very young at Misaki Komiya ballet school. She performed roles such as Clara and Arabian in Nutcracker, the second variation from Lombardi Variations, as a child actor in La Bavadere with the Bolshoi Ballet, and as a soloist rock in Kirk Petersons’s La Source.
Mizuki continued her dance career at the School of Alberta Ballet under Murray Kilgor and Nancy Kilgor. While in Canada, distinguished choreographer Kirk Peterson told her about American Repertory Ballet. Shortly after, she sent in her video audition tape for consideration into the ARB trainee program.
“I chose to audition for this company and program because I really wanted to push myself,” said Sato.
“The Trainee program has helped me to recognize the improvements I need to make, so I can continue to grow and flourish as a dancer.”
American Repertory Ballet is dedicated to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries, alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. The performing company values individual attention, so creating an environment where dancers can truly develop is of the upmost importance. ARB provides dancers with an opportunity to work closely with Artistic Director Douglas Martin, Resident Choreographer Mary Barton and Company Teacher Kathleen Moore.
“I love working with dancers from all around the world,” said Sato.
“It is a wonderful learning experience to work and perform with dancers that have all had different training and career backgrounds.”
“Mizuki brings a wonderful presences to the stage with her grace and elegant movement quality,” said Martin. “Her beautiful arms frame her movement creating her unique look. She also has beautiful classical ballet technique and brings brilliant strength and dynamics to all of her roles.”
Since 2013, Sato has been an ARB Trainee and has performed roles such as Marzipan, Snow, and Flowers in Nutcracker. She has also performed with ARB inFirebird, Our Town, and Romeo and Juliet.
One of Sato’s favorite experiences was her first modern performance in the José Limón International Dance Festival, held in New York City. (Pictured above, Credit: Brad Resnick)
“I was performing for the first time in New York City, which felt surreal,” said Mizuki. “I had the chance to watch so many great dancers performing on stage, it was truly an unforgettable memory.”
Photo By Leighton Chen x Shaye Firer
This dancer story was written by Summer 2016 ARB intern Mary Berko.