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Rising Stars: Meet Marin Asano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marin Asano.

Hi Marin, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My mother told me that once I started walking, I was already turning around like dancers. I still remember that my mother took me to see ballet concert for the first time at the age of five. I couldn’t take my eyes off from all the beautiful dancers. At that moment, I was for sure that I want to start dance training and be on the stage. I started my dance training when I was six years old in Japan. I have trained in classical ballet most of my life until I came to the U.S. I came to the United States at the age of 17 to hold a BA in performance from California State University, Fullerton. During the course of my career, I have performed principal roles in the ballet productions such as the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. I have also performed jazz, modern, contemporary, African American dance, hip-hop and Improvisation on the stage. I currently dance with Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, Dagdag Dance Contemporary company, and being a guest artist for various studios in LA county to gain my professional career. As an artist or dancer, I love being a part of human evolution using my own body. My goal is to become a performer to spread the enjoyment of performance around the world.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been a smooth road along the way. I haven’t been outside of Japan by myself until I was seventeen. First, I struggled with culture differences. The music that we listen to, TV that we watch, and the language that we speak are not the same. When I was in the college, It was hard for me to make friends. Even though I wanted to talk about what they are interested in, I was afraid and did not have a confidence enough to talk. One day, I was practicing dance at the studio by myself, my classmates started practicing with me, asking questions each other even though my English was not perfect. I am so thankful for my friendship that I made through dancing. Moreover, compared to Japan, people here has beautiful line and strong body for dancers. I had a hard time accepting the fact that I am not tall and about my giving body. Whenever I go to take a class at school, I started going back of the studio naturally because I was losing my confidence. Nevertheless, one of my dance teacher told me that I needed to challenge myself more and put myself out there. These words made me so strong and try every opportunities that I could get. From there, I was able to go take many company’s auditions and see what the real dance world is. Even now, I am straggling with managing my pressure to be a professional dancer. When I was a student, I was enjoying take classes and it was so fun for me everyday. However, at some point, it changed to the pressure that I needed to be a better dancer, or I needed to practice more because I was too focusing on making director satisfied. I am working on reminding myself of the feeling that I felt when I first danced, how much I enjoyed dancing. There is always going to be struggles in any of the professional field so I would like to try my best in my way to get through these struggles.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz dance. I have been a winner of various dance competition in Japan and the U.S. such as Youth America Grand Prix in LA 2019, top 20. I have known for a dancer with strong classical ballet techniques. Southern California Dance Theatre invites me as a guest artist for their ballet productions such as the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and more. I am also part of DAGDAG Dance Company as a contemporary dancer, Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre as modern dancer, and employed by Knott’s Berry Farm as a character performer to create wonderful shows at the park. Additionally, I am a ballet teacher at Believe and Dance Studio and Southern California Dance Academy to share the beautiful dance art and enjoyment of dance. I am proud of myself to challenge and take all the opportunities that come to me no matter what types of entertainment. I play piano and guitar as I sing which I believe helps musicality in dance. I have performed in live studio and restraint as following my dance career. I am really open-minded and I really like to share the enjoyment of entertainment. That makes me apart from others.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I am really open-minded to any of the art forms, and I love making the imagination come true. People can support me as coming to see my future performances which can be found on my Instagram: @marinkarin27. I would also appreciate any kind of connection. People can reach me through my email: as well.


  • Private ballet lesson -$30/ a half hour, $50/ a hour

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Dance shot: Andrew Benjamin Stage photo: Jordan Kubat

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