Shimon Ito

Principal Soloist

Hometown:  New York, New York

Shimon Ito began his dance training at the age of 4 at his mother’s dance academy, Asako Ballet New York in New York City. At 8 years old he was accepted into the School of American Ballet where he trained for 5 years. At 13 he went on to the National Ballet School of Canada where he graduated in 2008. Throughout his training in Canada, he also attended the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany through an exchange program.

After graduating, Ito joined San Fransico Ballet’s Trainee program where he performed with the company. He danced for Silicon Valley’s Ballet San Jose as an apprentice and then as a corps member from 2009-2011.

He competed and placed as a finalist in the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 2010.

Ito joined Miami City Ballet in 2011 as a Corps de Ballet member. He was promoted to Soloist in 2016 and Principal Soloist in 2019.

Roles since joining MCB

Richard Alston

Sir Frederick Ashton
Les Patineurs

George Balanchine
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck)
Bourrée Fantasque
La Valse
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Square Dance
Symphony in Three Movements
The Steadfast Tin Soldier

John Cranko
Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio)

Nacho Duato
Jardí Tancat

Justin Peck
Year of the Rabbit

Alexei Ratmansky
Symphonic Dances

Jerome Robbins
Dances at a Gathering
Fancy Free
The Concert
West Side Story Suite

Liam Scarlett

Paul Taylor
Mercuric Tidings

Twyla Tharp
In The Upper Room
Nine Sinatra Songs
Sweet Fields

Classical Repertoire
Coppélia, Arthur Saint-Léon
Don Quixote, Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky
Giselle, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (Peasant Pas de Deux)