Japanese Dancers Medal at Moscow Ballet Competition (News)
Moscow, June 19 (Jiji Press)—Japanese dancers won gold and bronze medals in the senior male and female duet divisions, respectively, at the Moscow International Ballet Competition held at the Bolshoi Theater in the Russian capital on Monday.
The gold medalist is Ōkawa Kōya, 25, from the northeastern city of Aomori, and the bronze winner is Terada Midori, 24, from the city of Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture.
At the major international ballet competition, another Japanese national, Mark Chino, 18, was awarded the first prize in the junior solo division.
Ōkawa became the first senior Japanese dancer to clinch the gold prize since 1993, when Iwata Morihiro, the former first soloist at the Bolshoi Theater Ballet, won the award. Prior to Chino, Kuranaga Misa, principal ballerina of the Boston Ballet, took the first place in the junior division in 2001.
Ōkawa, the Moscow contest bronze winner in 2009 and a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, or the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, in 2011, and Terada, who also graduated from the Bolshoi school in the same year, captivated the crowd with a performance of "Diana and Actaeon" in the final duet contest round.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]