Masanori Takiguchi

Company, Faculty, Apprentice, Upper Division Faculty

Masanori Takiguchi of Tokyo, Japan begins his first season with The Washington Ballet Studio Company. He began his training at Studio Les Bijoux and in 2015 was awarded a full scholarship to continue his training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s School, where he trained for two years under the direction of Dennis Marshall and Marjorie Grundvig.  Takiguchi then performed with The Joffrey Ballet as a studio company member, guided by the leadership of Ashley Wheater and Raymond Rodriguez.

Featured repertoire includes the Grand Pas de Deux from Swan Lake, Etudes, Tarantella, Pas de Deux from La Sylphide, Napoli, Viva Vivali, Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera, Promethean Fire, and Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31. In addition to these renowned works, he was also a part of Winning Works, through which he performed a brand new piece: Night Vision, choreographed by Claudia Schreier. Takiguchi won first place in the National Society of Arts and Letters’ 2017 Classical Ballet Competition. He was also awarded first place in the 2018 Youth America Grand Prix Chicago Regional Semifinals and received third overall in the 2017 Japan Grand Prix.

Photo by XMB Photography.