Mikiko Arai

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Began her classical education at the Suzuki Classical Ballet Academy and the Sachiko Ogura Ballet Studio in Japan. In 1989, she won third prize at the Japan National Ballet Competition. Mikiko continued her training in the United Kingdom where, under the direction of Margaret Barbieri ARAD, PDTC (Dip) PG Cert, she was given the scholarship to join the graduation course at the London Studio Centre. Her professional career began in 1993, as a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Germany, under the artistic director Heinz Spoerli. She then moved to the State Theater Dortmund. In 1998, she joined Introdans in the Netherlands where she danced the wide range of repertory from the contemporary works. She returned to Germany in 2001 to dance at the Gärtnerplatz State Theater in Munich. During her varied career, she danced many title roles and soloists from both the classical and modern repertoire. Her range includes ballets from Marius Petipa, Sir Frederick Ashton and George Balanchine as well as works form choreographers Jiri Kylián, Nacho Duato, Hans van Manen, Jean- Christophe Maillot, Nils Christe, Marco Goecke, Christopher Wheeldon and Cayetano Soto.

Since retiring as a dancer, Mikiko has focused her attention on assisting choreographers. She works most extensively with the choreographer Cayetano Soto, both re-staging his ballets and as a choreographic assistant, with such companies as NDT2 (The Netherlands), The Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet (Russia), Balé da Cidade de Saõ Paulo (Brasil), Ballet BC (Canada), Ballet Zurich junior (Switzerland), Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spain), Czech National Ballet (Czech Republic), Théâtre du Capitole (France), Hessisches Staatsballett (Germany) amongst others. She has often been invited to dance academies and summer schools to work with young dancers. Her pedagogical work includes community dance projects for the Bavarian Ministry for Education and Culture. Since 2011 she is also a certified Gyrotonic® Gyrokinesis® trainer.