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September 8, 2020
Apprentice Kanon Kimura reflects on her two favorite cities, Tokyo and New York City.

"I love being able to call both NYC and Tokyo my home. I get the best of both worlds and have learned so much from these two amazing cities!"

By Kanon Kimura

Hello, my name is Kanon Kimura! I am an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre. I am a native of Tokyo, Japan. I came to New York City two years ago to audition for American Ballet Theatre Studio Company over the summer. To my delight, I got in! I was promoted to apprentice after one year with ABT Studio Company and will be continuing my apprenticeship through the 2020/21 season!

I’ve lived in the USA for six years now; two of them in New York City. I’ve noticed many differences between Japan and America. My first observation is that everything is so much bigger in NYC than in Tokyo! It wasn’t just the buildings. The food is served in larger portions and the people are taller. Way taller than I am! Another difference is how organized and clean Japan is compared to New York. Sometimes New York can be really rough; however, I’ve grown to like the wild and sleepless culture of NYC.

Kanon Kimura and Melvin Lawovi in George Balanchine's <i>Tarantella</i>. © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo: Kyle Froman.
Kanon Kimura and Melvin Lawovi in George Balanchine's Tarantella. © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo: Kyle Froman.

In regard to the ballet world, the biggest difference is how big the ballet companies are. There are almost double the number of dancers in ABT than in companies in Japan. In NYC, the dancers come from all around the world – the best of the best! It’s incredible to work among many legends of the ballet world, past and present. ABT also performs a lot more than many Japanese companies.

At the end of the day, I love being able to call both NYC and Tokyo my home. I get the best of both worlds and have learned so much from these two amazing cities!

Kanon Kimura joined ABT as an apprentice in 2019.

Read more about Kanon's time in ABT Studio Company in Pointe Magazine.