The Heroine’s Journey of Misa Mochizuki

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
As a classical and contemporary dancer, when I share my energy with audience and they give me back the energy, that is one of the best moments. Not just giving or taking, to exchange energy between me and audience feels great!
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
No matter what I have or what I don’t have, accepting and loving myself is my way to the happiness. I don’t need to care about any criticism as long as I know what I want to do and where I’m heading for. I’m the only person who understand myself.
What is my greatest fear?
To lose motivation. Before that happens, I’ll take some rest and refresh my thoughts.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself.
Sometimes thinking too much. When I dance, my body often knows more than brain. I need to trust my body more.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
Natalia Makarova. In her dance, not only technique but beautiful style and expression exist.
Luis Villanueva. He is the last person to coach that kind of feeling and sense of dance.
What is my great extravagance?
Staying home all day, and doing nothing.
On what occasion would I lie?
Sometimes we have situations we shouldn’t tell the truth for someone.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Dancers can’t work longer unless we always use right muscles and train them. Also body maintenance is important.
Our body is delicate.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
I always feel happy at this moment, and make an effort to choose happiness. It doesn’t matter in daily classes, rehearsals or on stage.
I don’t find it in my past.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
Nothing. I love what I am.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
Making steady efforts every day. No matter who notices or doesn’t notice, I just keep doing what I need.
And I believe that is the only way to achieve something extraordinary. Stage performance is just a result.
So simple daily practice should be a greatest achievement.
Where would I most like to live?
I love living in NY, but Japan is my home country and most comfortable place.
What is my most treasured possession?
My family, friends, and mentors.
What is my most marked characteristic?
Honesty. “Probity is the greatest intelligence.” is my favorite quote.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
Dance studio is always my inspirational place. Good dancers, music and teachers give me a lot of good vibes and inspirations.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?
I love Taiwanese restaurant in Elmhurst very much.
What books influenced my life and how?
“Inside Ballet Technique” by Valerie Grieg. After reading this, I became interested in anatomy and ballet technique more.
Who are my favorite writers?
Haruki Murakami.
What would I listen on my last day?
I want hearing of the sea.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
My mom and dad. I don’t exist without them. I can’t thank enough for what they do and give to me.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Movies from Studio Ghibli. It looks like for children, but they have always strong and deep themes, and nice for adults, too.
What role plays art in my life and art?
If we don’t have art, life is like black and white. Art always adds colors and spice to our lifestyles.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime.
My NY family and boyfriend. They always give me unconditional love.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
Rachel Neville, great photographer. Rachel and her crew’s attitude to work is really impressive.
I definitely would like to work with them in 2019, too.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?
In 2018 I met Boston Ballet Director, Mikko Nissinen and famous choreographer, Justin Peck.
In 2019 I’d love to meet someone who is attracting interest all over the world. Directors, choreographers, photographers.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to working on?
In March, I’m going to perform grand pas de deux from “Don Quixote” act 3. I’m so excited and can’t wait!
Where can you see me or my work?
You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. I always update upcoming performances there.
My name is Misa Mochizuki, and instagram account is @misafullmoon.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
We can keep having passion no matter how old we are. Always loving what we do and being curious about that is important.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their stories?
Naoko Matsumoto and Marijke Eliasberg. Please find them on Facebook.
How can you contact me?
You can send message via messenger and instagram direct message always!

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