Ryo trained at Le Course de Ballet in Iwaki, Japan, and with Houston Ballet II in Houston, TX. He has performed in works by Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch, in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, George Balanchine’s Jewels and John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew. In 2011, he joined Singapore Dance Theatre where he performed in George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Serenade, and Themes and Variations; Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence; and Janek Schergen’s Giselle, Swan Lake and Nutcracker. Ryo returned to the United States in 2014 and joined the New Jersey Ballet, performing in Paul McRae’s Peter and the Wolf and as a soloist in Leonid Lavrovsky’s Faust. Ryo has won awards in dance competitions worldwide including the Youth America Grand Prix and the Kawasaki Ballet Competition.
- Hometown: Saitama, Japan
- Dancing Since: Age 4
- Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 3
- Favorite ballet: Danses Brilliantes
- Favorite ballet move: Pirouettes
- If he weren’t dancing he’d be: A school teacher
- Most exciting dance moment: I always feel the most excitement after a good show or performance
- Also: “Please eat more sushi!”
Ryo would like to thank Alan Gordon Immigration Law for helping him secure his Visa to come to Charlotte Ballet.