Born in Kanazawa, Japan, Mino began his dance training at the Akiko Kanamaru Ballet Studio. He moved to Canada in 1998 to train at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division and became an Apprentice of the RWB in 2002. Mino spent one season with The Boston Ballet before returning to the RWB where he was promoted to Soloist in 2006.
Mino’s repertoire includes the Jester in Swan Lake, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Jack Seward and Wolf in Dracula, Mercutio in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo & Juliet and Papageno in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute. Mino has also had a number of roles created on him; he premiered the roles of Peter in Peter Pan, Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet and White Rabbit in Wonderland. In the 2012/13 season he was selected by choreographer Twyla Tharp to dance the role of King of the Underworld in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin.
Recently, Mino stretched his choreographic wings, creating the work Kevät for the 2012/13 Q Dance, and the pas de deux Revelry/Rivalry for the RWB mixed repertoire performance of Pure Ballet.
“Yosuke Mino achieved liftoff as the Bluebird, although this delightful dancer is always so quick and neat he could be half-avian.” - Ottawa Citizen, 2013
“The White Rabbit – wonderfully brought to life by Yosuke Mino – doesn’t need ears, just a brilliantly busied demeanour and wrist permanently flexed to check his watch.” - The Star Phoenix, 2011
“Thursday's Peter was danced by the
boyish Yosuke Mino. The role is perfect for Mino, showing off his chief
strengths beautiful turns, light, laser-cut footwork and an irrepressible,
bounding sense of fun.”
- Ottawa Citizen, 2009
“Peter Pan (Yosuke Mino) is calm and cool as a hip-hop mogul” - The Winnipeg Sun, 2006
“Yosuke Mino brings out the boyishness of the title character with athletic precision, inspiring an audible gasp of delight from the audience for one particular, spine-twisting leap.” - Winnipeg Free Press, 2006
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