- Chiba, Japan
- Yuki Miho Ballet
Palos Verdes Ballet
Lauridsen Ballet Centre
San Francisco Ballet School
- Company Membership
Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2014
Norika Matsuyama has danced principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Peasant pas de cinq, Giselle’s Friends, and Solo Wilis), Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy and Spanish), Romeo & Juliet (Acrobats and Juliet’s Friends), Swan Lake (Act 1 pas de trois, Cygnets, and Neapolitan), and 7 for Eight; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Kitri’s Friends, Cupid, and Bridesmaids); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Swanilda’s Friends, Waltz of the Hours soloist, Spinner, and Jesterettes) and Theme and Variations (soloist); Cranko’s Onegin (Olga); Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II (3rd Solo Shade); Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings (Electress); and Thatcher’s Manifesto (principal). Her repertory also includes Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Courtiers).
Norika was featured in Pointe magazine’s “2016 Stars of the Corps” in August 2016. She danced in the film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Acrobats) as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.
What's your favorite costume? Why?
I love the costume from Serenade. It's always breathtaking to see 17 girls in these long, blue tutus when the curtain goes up. And it's comfortable to wear!
What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? Why?
When I can give my best possible performance onstage.
What's your perfect day?
Relaxing in nature.