Kota Sato"Don't wait for a chance, grab it yourself."

Kota Sato, Corps de BalletBorn: Tokyo, Japan
Trained: Shimura Ballet School in Japan and Canada’s National Ballet School

If someone handed you $1,000,000 tomorrow, you would…
I would buy a house and throw a big house warming party.

What would you have done as a career if ballet hadn’t come your way?
When I was little, I always loved making little action stories and then performing them, so maybe an actor. I also have always liked playing with kids, so possibly a kindergarten teacher?Kota Sato, Corps de BalletWhen you have a day off, what’s your favourite way to spend it?
I like to play guitar when I have free time or watch movies or TV shows. Recently, I’ve been going to bars to play darts with friends. It’s fun!

Where in the world would you like to see yourself living some day?
I’ve always wanted to live in New York City.

Was there a pivotal moment that sold you on being a ballet dancer over doing anything else?
I just loved dancing ever since I started, so naturally that became my dream and has kept me going.Kota Sato, Corps de BalletWhat is your philosophy towards your work?
Don’t wait for a chance, grab it yourself.

Milk chocolate or dark?
Dark, for sure.

What’s your definition of a successful ballet dancer?
A dancer who can reach audiences’ hearts and move them.

What cheers you up on an off day?
I listen to music and walk along the water, sing in the shower or take a nap.Kota Sato, Corps de BalletAre there any costumes that you’ve either danced in or seen that strike you as amazing or memorable?
When I danced Act II from Giselle at Canada’s National Ballet School’s showcase, the costume I wore was very old and there was so many names of Principal Dancers in it. As a student, I got so much energy from it!

Do you have any bad habits that you’re working on breaking?
I try to have good posture all the time.

What do you think the appeal of ballet would be to those who haven’t seen one yet?
I think ballet is the best collaboration of all kinds of art forms. If you experience it once, it is hard not enjoy it, so I hope everyone gets the chance to see at least one live performance of ballet.Kota Sato, Corps de BalletFavorite Ballets?
Onegin and Nijinsky.

Dream roles?
Onegin, I would like to be a dancer who can express realistic drama. Nijinsky, one day I would love to express his ideas and world.

Words of advice for young dancers?
If you have passion, just follow it. You can achieve anything if you are true to your passions.Kota Sato, Corps de BalletRead Kota’s bio, http://national.ballet.ca/Meet/Dancers/Corps/Kota-Sato
Kota Sato is sponsored through Dancers First by Tony & Anne Arrell.
See Kota onstage in the 2015/16 season, national.ballet.ca