We know ballet wasn’t born in Asia but it has been flourished in Asian countries long enough to become acceptable. Almost every Asian countries have their ballet companies; however, which country brings the best to the world?
The answer seems to be Japan due to the highest number of ballet companies and ballet schools in the country. Moreover, japanese dancers, both native and half a nationality, became successful not just only in Japan. They’re also promoted as principal dancers in the world greatest ballet companies.
- Miyako Yoshida and Tetsuya Kumakawa became the first Asian principals of the Royal Ballet. They both recently works at K-Ballet, one of the most famous ballet companies in Japan. Kumakawa leads as the artistic director and Yoshida performs as a principal.
- Gen Horiuchi, who was a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, has been the artistic director of the Saint Louis Ballet Company and School.
- Misa Kuranaga was the youngest participant to win the gold medal in Moscow Internation Ballet Competition, and is now a principal dancer at the Boston Ballet.
There are a lot of other japanese dancers who brought their nationality to proudly stand among European and American dancers. We might not be able to judge whether japanese dancers are the best Asian in Ballet or not. However, from what we’ve seen and heard, they 99% deserve to accept the winning.
Photograph from Irenebrination