CHIHIRO SHIMIZU is a New York based choreographer and Artistic Director of CHIHIRO SHIMIZU and ARTISTS. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Shimizu came to the U.S. at the age of 15 for further education in dance. She attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts, received her BFA from SUNY Purchase College, and is a recent graduate from the Master's program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Shimizu has had the pleasure of dancing in works by Doug Varone, Merce Cunningham, George Balanchine, Bella Lewinsky, Kevin Wynn, Amaury Lebrun, Arantxa Sagardoy, José Navas, Michael Clark, Alex Ketley, Andrea Miller, Shannon Gillen, and Dana Katz. She began her professional career in the Bessie Schönberg Choreographers’ Residency at the Yard. After which, she danced for SYREN Modern Dance Company's 7th and 8th season in NYC. Shimizu has worked at ARMATURE projects as a Marketing Associate, at New York City Ballet and 92nd Street Y as an NYU media fellow in 2013.
Shimizu is currently in her second season of creation for CHIHIRO SHIMIZU and ARTISTS. Her choreographic work has been presented in NYC at the CURRENT SESSIONS, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Second Avenue Dance Company Major Dance Concerts, and Gowanus Art + Production. She has taught for Class & Talk Project 2013 with SOLO Dance Education & Consulting in Tokyo, and she has started a creative movement workshop series that is open to the NYC community. CHIHIRO SHIMIZU and ARTISTS has been offered a long-term creative residency by Armitage Gone! Dance at MANA Contemporary and has just presented their second evening-length showcase "timekeeper" at Gowanus Art + Production in Brooklyn.