Miyoko Koyasu"I remind myself that I get to do what I dreamed of doing everyday and to be grateful for it and the people who have supported me."

Miyoko Koyasu, Corps de BalletBorn: Chiba, Japan.
Trained: Hashimoto Ballet and Shimada Ballet Institute in Japan and Canada’s National Ballet School

If someone handed you $1,000,000 tomorrow, you would…
I would book a trip to visit friends and family in France and Japan and put the rest into a savings account.

If you could live in any other time period, which would you choose?
I would say 1950s – 60s in California. Whenever I watch movies set in that era like American Graffiti, I fall in love with the lifestyle portrayed. It feels like people lived with passion and in the moment.

Could you tell us 3 random things we don’t know about you?
I love to cook.
I don’t like peeling oranges, but I like eating them.
I could watch Gilmore Girls over and over again.Miyoko Koyasu, Corps de BalletWhich movie could you watch on repeat?
Julie and Julia, The Holiday, You’ve Got Mail and Star Wars, but there are many more!

Milk chocolate or dark?
Milk chocolate! I used to prefer dark chocolate but now definitely milk chocolate.

Favorite colour and least favorite colour?
My favourite colour is orange. I don’t have a reason why it’s my favourite colour, but it has always been my favourite. I can’t decide my least favourite colour. Maybe gray, but it could be nice, sleek and elegant. So I guess I don’t have one!Miyoko Koyasu, Corps de BalletWhat is your philosophy towards your work? And how do you handle criticism?

This philosophy isn’t only necessarily for work but my whole life. I remind myself that I get to do what I dreamed of doing everyday and to be grateful for it and the people who have supported me.  The criticism I get can make me feel miserable or give me lots of joy but I try to remember that all criticism is helpful – good or bad, it makes me stronger.Miyoko Koyasu, Corps de BalletWhat do you worry about?
I worry a lot about climate change and natural disasters. I was in Japan in 2011 during the big earthquake and tsunami and although my family and I were all fine, it was terrifying to see how powerful nature is.

What cheers you up on an off day?
Talking to my good friends. Many of my closest friends live very far away and hearing from them always makes me happy.Miyoko Koyasu, Corps de BalletAre there any costumes that you’ve either danced in or seen that strike you as amazing or memorable?
My first custom made costume for Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty when I was 11. Every time I look at it, it brings back memories of excitement.

Do you have any bad habits that you’re working on breaking?
I’m working on engaging my stomach while I’m dancing. Having a strong core helps quick movements, partnering and preventing injuries. I have very weak ankles as well and I am working on strengthening them.

What’s your guilty pleasure song that’ll make you rock out no matter where you are?
I don’t have a particular song but I love 1990s and early 2000s Japanese pop songs from my childhood.Miyoko Koyasu, Corps de BalletRead Miyoko’s bio, http://national.ballet.ca/Meet/Dancers/Corps/Miyoko-Koyasu
See Miyoko onstage with The National Ballet of Canada during the 2015/16 season, national.ballet.ca