Tamiyo Kusakari

Tamiyo Kusakari
Born (1965-05-10) May 10, 1965
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Ballet dancer, actress
Spouse(s) Masayuki Suo

Tamiyo Kusakari (草刈 民代 Kusakari Tamiyo, born 10 May 1965) is a Japanese dancer for the Maki Asami Ballet Company.

In 1987, she made her debut as Odette in Swan Lake.


From Toshima, Tokyo, Kusakari started dancing professionally at the age of eight and won the first prize at the Japan Ballet Competition of 1987. She received the Muramatsu Award in 1988, and the Tachibana Akiko Award in 1990. At 27, she suffered a hernia that nearly ended her career, leaving her a temporary wheelchair user.[1]

Kusakari is also known for her starring role in Shall We Dance? During the production of the movie she met and later married the director, Masayuki Suo.[2]

She starred in Suo's 2012 film A Terminal Trust.[3]





  1. Shoji, Kaori (2 July 2006). "Dancing with body and soul - The Japan Times". The Japan Times. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  2. Schilling, Mark (15 April 2011). "'Dancing Chaplin' - The Japan Times". The Japan Times.
  3. DeFore, John (3 September 2012). "A Terminal Trust (Tsui No Shintaku): Montreal Review - The Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter.

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