Nozomi Iijima is a Ballet Dancer born in Osaka, Japan. She started dancing at the age of six, and won the “YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX” NYC Finals at the age of 13. Two years later she moved to the U.S. by herself and signed the contract with Houston Ballet (US) as a professional ballet dancer the following year. In 2014 Nozomi was promoted to the soloist of the ballet and since August 2016 she joined the Zürich Ballett in Switzerland.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Diana Vishneva and my grandmother.
Diana Vishneva is a legendary Russian ballerina. I was immediately inspired by her and I admire her deeply. Since my childhood I have looked up to her for her love and passion for ballet, her strength and her incredible gift. Her daily outfits are fashionable and sophisticated. Many ballerinas are not into fashion but seems to enjoy her life in every single aspect.
The other person is my grandmother.
She raised her children by herself without asking anyone for help, and as soon as I was born, I was brought to her and raised by her. She taught me many things and even though a lot more to learn, one day, I want to be as strong, sophisticated and beautiful as she is.
How did you turn your vision into reality?
By trusting my instinct and never being afraid of trying.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I’ve always wanted to be a dancer.
Choose a soundtrack for this day:
Regina Spektor - Summer in the city