Kumiko Noshiro was born in Ishikawa, Japan and came to Europe at the age of fifteen, studying in St Gallen, Switzerland and later graduating from Franklin College in Lugano.
Inspired by the entry of her son into professional ballet training, she became increasingly interested in the idea of opening her own school, offering intensive, high-standard dance education and in 2012 established the Munich International Ballet School in the centre of the city.
Offering vocational and pre-vocational training and staffed by experienced professional and ex-professional dancers, the school prepares talented students from Munich and overseas to audition for both professional companies and state ballet academies.
Within one year the school had celebrated its first professional alumnus , with a student being awarded a contract with Ballet Augsburg and since then, students have successfully gained entry into prestigious schools such as:
Zurich Dance Academy
The School of the Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier
The Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera
The Vienna Conservatory
The Royal Ballet School Antwerp
The Hungarian Dance Academy
The school offers students an intensive 5-day program, which includes two hours of classical ballet, 90 minutes of pointe work and variations and a choreography-rich programme, giving the students the ability to learn from challenging and varied repertoire. There are daily stretching, pilates and floor exercise classes, as well as optional open classes at the weekend, taught by ballet professionals in a company atmosphere.
In addition to the regular program, students are given the chance to participate in workshops and classes with international guest teachers such as Roland Vogel (Princess Grace Academy Monaco), Loretta Alexandrescu (Accademia Teatro alla Scala) and international guest ballet master Yannick Boquin .
The school also provides regular opportunities to perform and due to excellent links with professionals from the Bavarian State Ballet, the students have the chance to learn from professional dancers working at the highest level.
Munich International Ballet School also hosts an annual 7-day audition workshop for both students and professionals. During this week, dancers have the opportunity to audition for seven dance directors without the need to travel between several cities.
With the additional benefit of her experience as a qualified yoga teacher, with almost 20 years experience in the health industry, Ms Noshiro is also very conscious of the health and well-being of those under her care. She attempts to give students a sense of responsibility for their own learning and to help them develop an awareness of their bodies to aid injury prevention.
Ms Noshiro continues to work constantly to maintain and improve the standard of the school and to seek out the best possible opportunities for her students.