Rie Aoki, born and raised in Tochigi, Japan, began dancing at age six at Chiyo Ishihara Ballet School. During her teenage years she won second place at the Yokohama ballet competition, third place at Japan's NBA ballet competition and was a finalist multiple times at The Japan Ballet Grand Prix and YAGP Japan. Rie finalized her training in Washington D.C. while on scholarship at the Kirov Ballet Academy under Ludmila Morkovina. After graduating Rie danced with Milwaukee Ballet II, Columbia Classical Ballet and later was a guest artist at Brandon Ballet in Florida before joining FSBT with her husband Edward Persondek in 2013. Since joining FSBT, Rie has danced the principle roles of Swanhilda in Coppélia and Kitri in Don Quixote.
See Rie perform in our upcoming production:
A MIDSUMMER NIGH'TS DREAM
The Baby Grand Theater
April 8 - 9, 2017
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