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Born in Tokyo, Japan, Nio Hirano trained at Ellison Ballet Professional Training Programme and European School of Ballet before joining Hong Kong Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member in 2021. With HKB, Hirano has danced in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland) and George Balanchine’s Jewels. She was a finalist at the 2017 Youth American Grand Prix and a semi-finalist at the 2015 Youth American Grand Prix.
1. Why do you dance?
I love moving to music, and being able to bring inspiration to the audience is a blessing.
2. Why did you start dancing?
My parents would let us watch Kirov Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty on DVD instead of TV whenever they were busy, so I grew up watching it nearly every day. That’s how I was introduced to ballet, and that’s why I started classes when I was four years old.
3. How do you unwind after a show?
I have a snack, take a shower and go straight to bed where I either reflect on the performance or fall right asleep.
4. What keeps you motivated on tough days?
Knowing that everyone has tough days and that these tough days don’t last forever makes them a little easier. Focusing on even just one little goal to achieve helps focus my attention on something helpful and meaningful instead of becoming overwhelmed with whatever is making the day tough.
5. Where do you feel most yourself?
I feel like a different version of myself whether I am at home with family, living alone, with friends, in the studio, or on stage, so I can’t really say…
6.. What’s your favourite food?
I love food in general, but my favourite would have to be any traditional Japanese dish.
7. What would you be if you were not a dancer?
I would be a concert pianist or an illustrator.
8. What are your hobbies?
I love cooking, drawing, hiking and playing the piano.
9. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
To be able to get to a place instantly, and, if far away, without jet lag. Sometimes the traveling process is adventurous and enjoyable, but other times, it’s exhausting and feels endless.