Full time teachers and assistants

Principal
Miho Tsurutani

LISTD Cecchetti
Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma

miho tsurutani
miho tsurutani
miho tsurutani
【Stage Experience】
After graduating from the the Royal Ballet School, joined the English National Ballet as the first Japanese dancer. Danced for Diana, Princess of Wales at the Royal Albert Hall, and also danced hundreds of times at major theatres in Europe including the Royal Festival Hall, the London Coliseum, the Birmingham Hippodrome, and the Theatre of Dionyson at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis. Danced as the soloist at the Nagano Olympics opening ceremony and with the New National Theatre Ballet Tokyo. Afterwards, joined the K Ballet Company and toured across Japan with Tetsuya Kumakawa, a renowned principal dancer and director, and Miyako Yoshida, a guest principal dancer at the Royal Ballet.

【Teaching Experience】
The third Japanese person to be awarded the Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma qualification. http://cicb.org/diplomas/
Holds a Licentiate qualification (Cecchetti) from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Great Britain.
Taught for the Elmhurst Ballet School (associated with the Birmingham Royal Ballet), the Legat School, and the Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Great Britain.
Served as a Jury at the Asian Ballet Competition in Hong Kong and other competitions mainly in Japan. Actively assist students who wish to study ballet abroad, and serve as a tutor at the auditions in Japan for the Elmhurst Ballet School and the Royal Conservatory of Scotland. Served as an interpreter of Ms. Diane van Schoor (former Principal of The Royal Ballet School, Lower School) for the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma Course held in Tokyo.
Has been invited as a tutor at the Asian Grand Prix Competition (AGP) and the AGP Ballet Intensive Program (BIP) in Hong Kong, and many other places.

【Translation】
Translated and proofed the text of the Enrico Cecchetti DVD/Blu-ray and printed material into Japanese, a heritage, educational project to record the Cecchetti's legacy for further generations.
International version:Opus Arte at The Royal Opera House
https://shop.roh.org.uk/products/the-enrico-cecchetti-diploma-dvd-bluray
Japanese version:Shinshokan(Booklet is also available in Japanese)
https://www.fairynet.co.jp/SHOP/4560219325449.html

【Choreography】
Created, choreographed and staged the ice skate show of the world champion figure skater Miki Ando (broadcast and introduced by the TV programme ''Solomon Ryu'' of Television Tokyo).
Created, choreographed and staged a ballet piece in collaboration with Muveil (A fashion collection by the designer Michiko Nakayama).

【Other achievements】
Awarded Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma.
Awarded Licentiate (higher teaching qualification) of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded A (distinction) in Associate Diploma (teaching) examination of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded A (distinction) in Associate (teaching) examination of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded A (distinction) in Advanced 2, Advanced 1, and Intermediate
vocational examinations of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded The Grety Salomonson Bursary and The Diana Barker Memorial
Fund from The Cecchetti Society Faculty Committee in Great Britain.
Awarded Asahi News Paper prize at the All Japan Ballet Competition in Saitama.
Appeared as a model for Shiseido TV Commercials.
Teacher
Yukie Muraoka

Licentiate-CC-CICB

Yukie Muraoka
【Biography】
One of the very few Cecchetti ballet teachers in Japan who has a Licentiate (higher teaching qualification) of the Cecchetti Method.
She graduated from the Teacher Training Program at the Edmonton School of Ballet (ESB), in Edmonton, AB, Canada and worked as a qualified ballet teacher for the ESB and obtained extensive teaching experience there.
After she returned to Japan, she joined the Ballet Garden as a full-time teacher and conducts bilingual classes in Japanese and English.
Before she began her training at the ESB in Canada, she graduated from Lakeland College in Wisconsin, USA and studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA, where she obtained a Pilates Teacher Certification.

【Other Achievements】
Awarded Licentiate (higher teaching qualification) of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded Associate Diploma (teaching qualification) of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded Associate (teaching qualification) of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded Advanced 2, Advanced 1 and Intermediate vocational
examinations of Cecchetti Method.
Teacher
Gilda Graepp Zanelli
(Ms. Gigi)

BA(Hons) DDT RBS, PDTD RAD

Gilda Graepp Zanelli
Gilda Graepp Zanelli
【Biography】
Former dancer of Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Cuban National Ballet) and Ballet de Cámara (Municipal de Santiago Opera Theatre). Also served as an assistant choreographer at the Municipal de Santiago Opera Theatre. Studied at the Teacher Training Programme of The Royal Academy of Dance, The Royal Ballet School, and École de Danse de l'Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera Ballet School). Ms. Gigi also holds qualification as an English teacher. She teaches Ballet and English to our students.

【Teaching Experience】
Served as a mentor and a supervisor at LARD and CBTS programmes of RAD.
Faculty at The Central School of Ballet (London)
Faculty at the London Studio Center (London)
Teacher
Kaede Maruyama

AISTD

Kaede Maruyama
Kaede Maruyama
【Biography】
Kaede Maruyama learned the Cecchetti Method extensively under Miho Tsurutani, Wendy Jiménez and Yukie Muraoka for 5 years at The Ballet Garden. During this time, she worked as an assistant before starting her career as a teacher.
She passed three levels of vocational graded examinations up to Advanced 2, and Associate (teaching examination), all with distinctions, and is now registered with the ISTD as a qualified ballet teacher.
She has also been learning enthusiastically from European mentors at the Cecchetti Summer School in the U.K., and is ready to apply her new skills here at our school.

【Achievements】
Awarded Associate (teaching qualification) of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded A (distinction) in Advanced 2 examination of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded A (distinction) in Advanced 1 examination of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded A (distinction) in Intermediate examination of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded The Grety Salomonson Bursary from The Cecchetti Society Faculty Committee in Great Britain.
Child Coaching Advisor Qualification.
Teacher
Ria Shiraishi
	>Ria Shiraishi

【Biography】
Ria Shiraishi practiced the Cecchetti Method, music, anatomy and psychology under the direction of Miho Tsurutani for the last 3 years at The Ballet Garden.
During this time, she worked at our school as an assistant before starting her new career as a teacher.
She has successfully completed two levels of ISTD examinations in Japan with distinctions, and she attended the ISTD Cecchetti Summer School.
She has been preparing for the Spring 2020 ISTD Teacher's Qualification Exam which has been postponed due to the current pandemic.

【Achievements】
Awarded A (distinction) in Advanced 1 examination of Cecchetti Method.
Awarded A (distinction) in Intermediate examination of Cecchetti Method.
Teacher
Yuka Kawabata
Yuka Kawabata

【Biography】
Yuka Kawabata graduated from the renowned Gakushuin University. She served as an assistant for 7 years before starting her career as a teacher. She has been practicing the Cecchetti Method and Pedagogy under Miho Tsurutani, and has passed the vocational examination of the ISTD Cecchetti Method.

【Achievements】
Awarded A (distinction) in Intermediate Examination of Cecchetti Method.
Assistant
Hikari Uemura
Hikari Uemura

【Biography】
Hikari Uemura was a student of the AM Students and the Japan Junior Ballet. She danced various children's roles with the National Ballet of Japan, and the Asami Maki Ballet Company. She graduated from the Central School of Ballet, U.K. Upon graduation, she joined Milwaukee Ballet U. She gained considerable expertise through performances in the USA.
While being the only Japanese person in the company, she also enjoyed a gratifying experience participating in local Outreach Programs for children. She joined our school from September 2020 as an assistant.

【Achievements】
Won second place at the All Japan Ballet Competition in Hachioji in 2013
Assistant
Reika Ono
Reika Ono

【Biography】
Former member of the Bucharest National Opera Ballet in Romania, and the National Ballet of Japan. She came to Tokyo from Oita by herself at the age of 14, and studied under Seiichi + Yurie Ballet Ensemble (Artistic Directors: Seiichi Shinohawa and Yurie Shimomura).
Graduated from the Balletschule fuer das Opernhaus Zurich in Switzerland.
She joined our school as an assistant in 2020.

【Achievements】
Won fourth place at the Moscow International Competition.
Won 4-2 place at the 12th NBA Ballet Competition, high school students' division.
Won 3-2 place at the 12th NBA Ballet Competition, high school students' division.
Won first place at Nyon Ballet Competition in Switzerland.
Assistant
Sachiko Sekiya
Sachiko Sekiya
Assistant
Yukano Yoshino
Yukano Yoshino