Born: Gunma, Japan
Trained: Reiko Yamamoto
If someone handed you $1,000,000 tomorrow, you would
I would buy property
If you could live in any other time period, which would you choose?
The 18th century.
Could you tell us 3 random things we don’t know about you?
I’m a twin, I’m getting married and I don’t like tomatoes.
Which movie could you watch on repeat?
The Shawshank Redemption.What would you have done as a career if ballet hadn’t come your way?
Have you ever had an embarrassing moment performance-wise?
Yes, once I got stuck in a lift.
What’s the last thing that brought tears to your eyes?
When I had an injury.
When you have a day off, what’s your favourite way to spend it?
Staying at home and watching TV.
Where in the world would you like to see yourself living some day?
Switzerland.Was there a pivotal moment that sold you on being a ballet dancer over doing anything else?
In ballet school, I found that ballet was not only something that I was passionate about, but also something that challenged me and allowed me to express myself.
How do you handle criticism?
I take it and try my best.
Milk chocolate or dark?
Neither, white chocolate!
Favorite colour and least favorite colour?
My favourite colour is baby pink. I don’t have a least favourite colour.
What’s your definition of a successful ballet dancer?
I think success is if you feel successful in your dance career.
Do you ever feel as magical as you look when you dance, or is it mainly just hard work and focus up there?
Every time I dance, I feel magical.
What’s the biggest misconception about you and why?
I know I look young like a teenager, but I’m actually close to 30What do you worry about?
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?
Pictures of my family to not lonely
Music to always keep me positive
Water – I would need it
What’s your guilty pleasure song that’ll make you rock out no matter where you are?
Kiss by Crystal Kay
What was the last thing you changed your mind about?
I have make sure to listen to my body after getting major injuries. Thoughts on dating: inside the dance world, or out?
My fiancée, Yoshiya Sakurai, is a ballet dancer!
What cheers you up on an off day?
Skyping with my family.
Are there any costumes that you’ve either danced in or seen that strike you as amazing or memorable?
Princess Florine from The Sleeping Beauty and the Snow Maiden costume from The Nutcracker.
What is your fashion style outside of work?
Casual and comfortable.Do you have any bad habits that you’re working on breaking?
Going to bed late.
What is your favorite memory of being onstage?
Dancing with friends and the feeling that comes from working on a team.
James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons and The Nutcracker.
Odette in Swan Lake.
Words of advice for young dancers?
Always have confidence in yourself.
You were born in Japan. What are you favourite dishes and customs from home?
I was born in Japan. My favourite Japanese dish is sushi. I’m also very proud of how they keep their public spaces and city so clean.
When are you most proud of yourself?
Every day before going to sleep.
Do you have a favourite quotation?
Positive thoughts lead to a happy life.
When do you feel at your best?
On the weekend.What are the top items on your bucket list?
Right now, my top bucket list item is planning my wedding.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Do everything at your own pace.
Do you have any habits or superstitions before you perform?
I always have to listen to my tunes before I perform.
Do you have any items you can’t live without when you travel?
I can’t live without my cell phone when I’m travelling.
Read Shino’s bio, https://national.ballet.ca/Meet/Dancers/Corps/Shino-Mori
See Shino onstage in the 2016/17 season, national.ballet.ca