Hiroko Maehara, her friends call her Coco, Born in Gunma, Japan she started her ballet training at age 11 at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School. Maehara was a semi finalist at the Prix de Lausanne, Switzerland in 2006. Upon graduating from the Tokiwa School in 2007, she continued her studies at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. Her contemporary repertoire includes Loosin Yelav by Jiri Kylian, lead roles in Sidra Bell’s Red Line, Sergei Vanaev’s Death and Maiden, and Leave Me Alone; classical repertoire includes Adam and Eva by Uve Shollze, Pas de trios from Le Corsaire, the Fairy Godmother in Mystic Ballet’s Cinderella, the title role in The Little Mermaid, Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. She performed Marooned by Gabrielle Lamb at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2012.
Her repertoire with MB includes works by Brian Enos, Lauren Edson, Gabrielle Lamb, and Austin McCormick.
Maehara performed Marooned by Gabrielle Lamb at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2012, at APAP in NY 2013. She was invited as a guest dancer and performed the audience’s favorite “Sun and Steel” by Lauren Edson, with her partner Aleks Subotic at the Namue Gala in Japan in February 2013. Dance critic Sharma Howard described Mahara’s Swan Lake…“Ballerina Maehara, tiny and sprite-like, nevertheless displayed some fierce solos in which she exemplified classical training and discipline with crisp chaine turns, breathtaking extensions, buoyant leaps and feathery lands.” This summer, she was invited for an International Gala in Nicaragua, and returned to Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series for 2 performances that concluded with a standing ovation. This is Hiroko’s fifth season with Mystic Ballet. Hiroko loves cats and dogs. She has 3 cats at home in Japan and they are pretty big… 15-17lb!
This is Maehara’s fifth season with Mystic Ballet. A lead dancer for the company, Maehara accepted the position of Ballet Mistress in the Summer of 2012. In addition to performing, she teaches company class, conducts rehearsals, trains new dancers, creates rehearsal schedules, assists the Artistic Director, and the Assistants to the Artistic Director, and choreographers with new work, and acts as the liaison between dancers and artistic leadership. She also creates choreography for Mystic Ballet’s Junior Company, as well as assisting the Principal of the School of Mystic Ballet regarding educational programs. In her spare time she absolutely loves to create and design costumes.