Tomiko Magario was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She came to USA as a visa student of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City where she received her scholarship. She also studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
As a dancer, her performance has been described as "abundant talent"
- Atlantic News,
"like the works of a fine sculptor."
- Times Leader.
Paul Ben-Itzak of "Dance Insider" wrote "I have had the thrill of being moved and sent into rhapsodies by Ms. Magario...
She'll leave an impression on your heart and eyes that won't easily be erased."
Her wide vocabulary in dance took her to stage of Lincoln Center as a guest artist of the New York Philharmonic to downtown modern dance scene venues such as drained out door pool.
Within ballet companies, she has worked with choreographers such as Trinette Singleton, Mihailo Djuric, Baayork Lee, Lawrence Edelson and others. Magario has performed as a principal and solists with companies such as Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania, Ballet New England and New Jersey Ballet and others. Her repertories include Princess Aurora and Lilac Fairly in Sleeping Beauty
, Odette in Swan Lake
, Myrtha in Giselle
, Kitri and Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote
, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker
, Dying Swan, Four Temperament of George Balanchine and more.
In 2003, she started studying Baroque Dance with internationally known Baroque Dance specialist, Thomas Baird. Since 2006, with Mr. Baird, she has been performing with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall as a guest Artist.
In addition to her dance career, she has also worked as a fashion model, both in print and on the runway.
Magario is also a dedicated dance educator. She has taught Master classes in United States and Japan and she has also taught in the Brooklyn public school system through the Outreach Program of the Brooklyn Ballet. She is currently on the faculty with The School at Steps in New York City.