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Rie Ichikawa started her ballet training in Nagano, Japan, under the direction of Teruyo Kurashima. After winning gold medals in Japanese competitions in 1990 and 1991. She decided to leave Japan to study in the Arts Educational London ballet school in England in 1992. She has won the Markova Award (1994) in London England. In 1995 she was recommended to go to study in Houston Ballet under the direction of Clara Cravey and Steve Brule. She joined the top class of Houston Ballet School and was soon offered a position in Ballet Arizona under the directorship of Michael Uthoff in 1995. He molded her talent, gave her many opportunities, and then promoted her to principal after only one year. After 4 years with Ballet Arizona, Rie was hired as a corps de ballet dancer with Boston ballet under the direction of Anna-Marie Holmes in 1999. Since the arrival of MIkko Nissinen in 2001, she has danced most of the soloist parts in all the major classical ballet productions and contemporary ballets. Her artistic highpoint to date has been performing the soloist role in Jiri Kylian's Bella Figura. Outside of her dance career, her greatest achievement and joy comes from her two beautiful children from her husband and former dancer Peter Freedberg
Her repertory include Mikko Nissinen's Swan Lake( Pas de trios, pas de cinq, For cygnets) The Nutcracker's ( suger Plum Fairy, Snow queen) Sir Frederick Ashton's La Fill Malgardee (Lisa) Cinderella (autumn fairy)George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, Symphony In Three Movements (turning girl), Divertimento No.15, Theme and variations, Serenade ( waltz girl) Apollo, The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic) John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca),William Forsythe's The Second Detail, In the Middle, Somewhat elevated, Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia, Florence Clerc's (La Bayadere (Manu, Three Shades) La Sylphid (Mazurka Girl),Jiri Kylian's Bella Figura,Symphoney of Psalms,Petite Mort, Falling Angels, Helen Pickett's Etesian, Eventied,Jose Martinez (Resonance) Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camelias Lambarena, Jorma Elo's Plant to B, In on Blue, Break the Eyes. Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces, Mark Morris's Up and Down, Drink to me, Hans van Manen's Black Cake, Yury Yanowsky's Li3.