Joined Ballet Arizona: 2012
Training: Shanghai National Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School of London
Other Companies: National Ballet of Bucharest, Prague State Opera Ballet, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada
Kokoro joins Ballet Arizona this season after most recently dancing as a solosit with the Bucharest National Opera Ballet Company. Kokoro is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School in London and has studied at the Shanghai National Ballet School and the Central School of Ballet in London. A laureate of several international awards, Ms. Umemoto has received the AICD International Ballet Award (2003), the silver medal in the Tokyo All Japan Ballet Competition (2004) the bronze medal in the 2005 edition of the same competition, the first prize in the Nara Ballet Competition and the first prize in the Na- goya All Japan Ballet Competition (2006). Last year she was featured in Elle Magazine.