Rieko Hatato began dance training at age five in Japan. She was trained by Yoko Tsukamoto at Yoko Tsukamoto Theater de Ballet Academy in Nagoya. From 2013 to 2015, with Yoko Tsukamoto Theater de Ballet Academy, she performed main roles in Fire Bird, The Nutcracker, and Coppelia with Artistic Director Hideo Fukagawa. She has won many medals in competitions in Japan, a bronze medal in Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2013, and was a finalist in USA International Ballet Competition in 2018. Before coming to the US, she performed as a guest dancer with Russian Ballet Theater in Cyprus in 2017. She then joined Arts Ballet Theater of Florida for the 2017/18 season. This is Rieko’s second season with Texas Ballet Theater.
Where are you from?
I am from Japan.
When did you begin dancing?
When I was five years old.
Why did you begin dancing?
When I was four years old, I went to see Swan Lake with my family and I was inspired.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
Romeo and Juliet
What is your favorite ballet to perform?
Coppelia, Don Quixote, and Le Corsaire
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Nothing comes to mind except for ballet
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Swimming and hiking
Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
I love watching sports but I don’t have a favorite team.
What kind of music do you like best?
I love Chopin, but I’ll listen to any kind of music.