Kenta Taniguchi was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He started his ballet training at the Yen – Li Chen Ballet School and continued his dance education at the Arizona School of Classical Ballet as well as the Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy in California. He graduated from Texas Christian University under full scholarship with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet. He received opportunities to perform principal roles while at TCU in ballets such as Napoli, Paquita, Giselle, Balanchine’s Four Temperaments and Valse Fantasie, Don Quixote, and Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies. Kenta has taught and guest performed across Arizona and North Texas including the Texas Ballet Theater under the direction of Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.
Kenta was a Top 12 and Third place recipient in the Youth America Grand Prix regional competitions. He has attended summer intensives at The Harid Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet. In addition to dancing, Kenta has choreographed classical and contemporary works for various schools which include Yen-Li Chen Ballet School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, TCU, and on Eugene Ballet Company and Academy dancers.
1.) What is your favorite Eugene business?
Will’s Leather Goods
2.) What is your favorite Eugene restaurant?
Newman’s Fish Company
3.) What is your favorite pastime outside of rehearsal and performance?
As someone who works in the auto industry, I love studying and fixing cars.