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Shoko reclaims her spot on the stage

May 28, 2015

Shoko reclaims her spot on the stage

by Ako Washio

Shoko Nakamura embarked on a challenging journey when she began retraining for ballet performances just one month after giving birth to her son, Joel, in 2011. The dancer, who goes by just her first name when performing, says the physical pain involved in getting ...

Nine couples set marathon dance record of 35:01:01

Feb 15, 2015

Nine couples set marathon dance record of 35:01:01

Nine couples have broken the world record for the longest dance marathon in the seaside town of Pattaya, southeast of Thailand's capital, Bangkok. The couples broke the record by dancing for 35 hours, one minute and one second, gaining a spot in the Guinness World ...

Japanese ballet dancers win third, fifth places in Lausanne competition

Feb 9, 2015

Japanese ballet dancers win third, fifth places in Lausanne competition

Lausanne Switzerland An 18-year-old Japanese male won the No. 3 spot and a 17-year-old Japanese female placed fifth in an international competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, for young dancers aiming to perform professionally. Mitsuru Ito, of Saitama Prefecture, and Rina Kanehara, of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, were among ...

Sendai native dances his way to Flo-Bert Award

Dec 24, 2014

Sendai native dances his way to Flo-Bert Award

Kazunori Kumagai, 37, is the first Japanese to win the Flo-Bert prize, a prestigious award that honors tap dancers for outstanding achievements. Fresh from landing the prize in May, Kumagai, who is based in New York, returned to Japan this fall for a 70-minute solo ...

High school dancer puts a skip in Toyama's step

Nov 6, 2014

High school dancer puts a skip in Toyama's step

A high school girl whose dance videos have found an avid following on the Internet is bringing some cool cred to her hometown, the economically depressed but perky city of Toyama. Aika Miyajima, 18, started posting video clips of her dancing online in June 2013, ...