Tomoko Takahashi began dancing at the age of eight in Nagano, Japan. At age 15, she was awarded the Special Judge Prize and Chacott Scholarship from the NBA All Japan Ballet Competition, and went to The Hungarian Dance Art Academy, Budapest as a scholarship student. Upon graduation in 2007, Takahashi started her professional career at companies including Columbia Classical Ballet, South Carolina (2007-2008), Singapore Dance Theatre (2011-2014), and The Israel Ballet (2014-2017). At the Israel ballet, she joined as a principal dancer.
Takahashi has danced principal roles of Madame Butterfly, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, La Corsaire, La Sylphide, and Robin Hood. She also performed in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Concerto Barocco and Divertimento No.15; Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena and Chant; Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence and The Winds of Zephyrus; Natalie Weir’s 4 Seasons; and Nils Christe’s Organ Concerto.
Takahashi won 3rd place in All Japan Ballet Union competition (2002), 1st place in The Tokyo Paper All Japan Ballet Competition (2003), and 2nd place in Educational Ballet competition, Japan (2008). Tomoko is also a mom of two young daughters. Takahashi joined The Tallahassee Ballet in 2019 as a Principal Dancer.