My idol, Yoko Morishita. I grew up watching her dance.

Updated: May 11


According to Social Media it’s #internationaldanceday or maybe it was yesterday and I missed it?


Anyway, It's a good opportunity for me to introduce my deeply respected my teacher and mentor, and my childhood idol, Yoko Morishita.


I grew up watching her dance.






She was called the “Oriental Pearl”.

This is a video from her heyday in 1981, but even now, I think it holds up as an extremely refined work.

Her partner here, Jorge Donn, was a longtime lead dancer for Maurice Bejart’s Ballet of the 20th Century. He was a dancer of lithe sensuousness and dramatic intensity.

Sadly not long after this, he died suddenly of AIDS.