Mio Ishikawa

"Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way." –Twyla Tharp

Author Bio

Mio Ishikawa is a second year dancer at the Juilliard School. She was born in Tokyo, Japan and grew up there until she transferred to the Juilliard School. She started with classical ballet when she was child and has been dancing for more than 15 years. Meanwhile, she became interested in contemporary ballet as well. After she started studying economics at Keio University in Japan, she found the arts as a large market, which made her decide to explore other dance forms and performing arts itself. It became a huge turning point for her to focus on learning about dance from various perspectives finding a way of connecting the arts to people.

About

Hometown Tokyo, Japan
Lives New York City, NY, USA
High School Education Japanese high school, Shirayuri Gakuen High School, Tokyo
Studying B.F.A (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
Graduating 2019
Extracurriculars The Gluck Community Service fellowship, US Japan Tomodachi project
Interests Food, Arts, Travel, Rugby, F1, Photography
Future Plans I am thinking of working in a contemporary dance company after my graduation and hope to choreograph or produce performing arts and visual arts later in my career.

Posts by Mio Ishikawa

Get back in shape

Published: January 10, 2017

Hello, everyone! Happy New Year.   The picture is “Osechi’, which is Japanese traditional new year’s meal wishing for a year. It’s been three weeks since my last post. I have been spending winter break at home after New Dances and just got back to New York City. However, spring semester began from today! This is my fourth semester at Juilliard and after this semester, we only have four semester, which means believe or not, we are almost half way till graduation! I am thrilled and excited for this new semester now. New semester always begins with getting back in…

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Opening Night

Published: December 7, 2016

Hello every one!! Today is the opening night of Juilliard New Dances 2016. In New Dances, four premiere works are performed by each class from freshman to senior class. It is a new and challenging process for each class with guest choreographer and 24 students.   The show will be performed in Peter.J.Sharp Theater, which is the biggest theater in the Juilliard School from Dec.7 to Dec.11. (From stage rehearsal /photo credit Anca Putin) As long as I saw the dress rehearsal yesterday, it was the great show that you can enjoy from modern dance sort of elements to contemporary…

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Still on holiday ?

Published: November 28, 2016

Hello everyone !   Now…I’m stretching my body for the new week after the Thanksgiving break. (Everything’s so tight…😅)   (The pics of happiness…☺️) I’m writing new post for the first time in this two weeks. This two weeks has been so fruitful for me. We’re done with one the upcoming show and got restful break! The show is called “Choreographers and Composers”. It is a show choreographed by few choreographers from junior dancers, composed by students from composers and danced by sophomore dancers. There’re 5 works which are created by choreographers and composers from nothing and every piece was premiered…

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In the studio

Published: November 13, 2016

Hello everyone! Though it was Saturday, I spent my day pretty much in the studio. What are you doing in the studio spending a day ? You may question. So I will introduce a little  about a day of dancers at Juilliard. As an example, I listed the actual schedule of Monday. 9-10:15 Music for dancers 10:40-12:05 Classical Ballet 12:15-13:40 Modern dance LUNCH (My favorite time) 14:30-15:45 Contemporary Partnering 16:00-19:00 Rehearsals for New Dances (19:00- Personal rehearsals) Though it is still just an outline, you may see that we have several kinds of dances classes. By being trained in many different…

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Inspiring moment

Published: November 7, 2016

Hello ! It was a sunny Sunday in New York! (pic from my morning walk) Since this weekend was the last one before the election and also New York City Marathon was held, it seemed busy weekend in the city. My weekend was also a little busier but also restful because of the movies. There’s a film society of Lincoln Center and its movie theater next to our residence hall. Surprisingly, this weekend they played “Naushika” and ” My neighbor Totoro”, which are created by Japanese animation company, studio Ghibli. These has been my favorite movies since ever I watched…

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“Ideas can come from anywhere”

Published: November 1, 2016

Hello everyone! Today I will talk a little about our school life. A day at Juilliard is different depending on major. Dancers have the academic class at 9am and after that, usually have dance classes until around 4pm. After classes, we have rehearsals until 7pm twice or three times a week. When you have own work or students rehearsals, it finishes at between 9-10pm. We hardly have free time until the evening. Actors have similar schedule as us or even busier than us. For musicians, they have less classes than us. Instead of it, they have to spend their free…

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Get your journey started.

Published: October 23, 2016

Hello everyone ! My name is Mio. I’m a second year dancer at the Juilliard School in New York. This is my favorite picture of the Juilliard School, which I took on my first day here. I still strongly remember how thrilled and excited I was to get my new journey started when I took this picture. Now I’m excited to start this blog and share my journey with you. Let me introduce a little bit myself. I was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. When I was 4 years olds, my mom took me to the local ballet…

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