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After graduating from high school, she started her dance career as a hiphop dancer and went to NY for dance training.
While performing in dance groups, she got a hernia, so she needed to think about the future. Then, the encounter with pole dance changed her life. After that, she started dancing not only hiphop, but also pole dance, aerial silk, aerial hoop and other kinds of dance.
Her performance is acrobatic, and at the same time, it’s really hot, cool and it attracts audience.

As a hiphop dancer, she did a back dancer of Will Smith, Crystal Kay, MINMI and other famous bands and musicians.

As a pole dancer, she was a personal instructor and was also a back dancer of Koda Kumi and other famous bands and musicians.
She has performed in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, New York and other places, and has won the 2nd prize at the competition in New York.

As a aerialist, she has performed in Japan, New York and Toronto, and she was the very first instructor of aerial hammock in Japan.

In 2014, she moved to Toronto and she mainly performs there.

When was your encounter with the kinds of dance you do? Why did you become interested in them?

RUMI:

I wanted to learn ballet, hiphop and other kinds of dance when I was a child, but my parents didn’t let me learn them.
Then I got a friend who was a professional hiphop dancer at the age of 19 and I decided to start dancing.

But later, I got a terrible hernia (it was even hard to walk!) and I needed to think about the future, so I started going to see other kinds of dance.. Then I saw pole dance and decided to give it a try.

I started performing as a pole dancer in other countries, but it was actually not easy to get a visa because some people looked down on me since pole dancers sometimes considered as strippers.

So I started doing aerial silk because I thought it would be easier for me since it looked as a circus performance.
The movements looked very similar to pole dance, but they were really difficult! So I got into it so much and enjoyed learning and performing.

Then I started aerial hammock because it looked similar to aerial silk but it looked much safer. It wasn’t for myself but it was for teaching. I didn’t want to hurt my students but aerial silk wasn’t safe enough. And also, there were no aerial hammock instructor in Japan, so I decided to learn and teach aerial hammock.

After that, when I was performing in a musical troupe, I saw an aerial hoop performance on YouTube, and I imported a hoop since the performance was really pretty and interesting. As it happens, there was a Russian dancer who could do aerial hoop in the troupe, so I learned it from her.

Pole dance

Pole dance

Pole dance

Pole dance

How did you become a professional dancer in Toronto?

RUMI:

Because my friend lived in NY and my uncle was in NY too, I decided to learn dancing there. Then, I started getting performance offers in NY and other places.

I came to Toronto to perform and also to learn circus-ish dance more and it was the best place for me to learn.

Aerial silk

Aerial silk

Aerial silk

When you look Japan, your home country, from outside of Japan, what do you think the best thing of it?

RUMI:

It’s not too cold compared to Toronto!
Of course, Japan is much safer, and I have my close friends and family there, so it’s different for me.
We can buy alcohol at grocery stores and convenience stores in Japan.
And we can drink all night since the drinking places don’t close till the morning (I can’t drink that much though).

Where can we see your performances?

On May 30th, 2014
Poldance Show at Ballet

Aerial hoop

On July 11th, 12th, 13th
Aerial Silk Show at “Atomic Lollipop” at Ontario Science Center

Her dance is…

She loves to “drop”, and her performances are not only pretty and sexy, but also really exciting and she never gets dirty even when her costumes are tiny bikinis! If you have a dirty image for pole dancers, I’m sure it’ll change after you see her performance.

If you are around Toronto, please go see her show and it’ll be worth going even if you don’t live really close there.

MIRIKA


Aerial silk

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