Taka Shamoto (JP/BE) was born in 1975 in Sendai, Japan. At the age of three, she started dancing at the Sendai City Ballet School. For the next ten years, she was taught by Masako Ono. At sixteen, she entered the Balletschule der Hamburgischen Staatsoper John Neumeier in Germany, an education in which classical technique and composition work played a key role. After her three year education in Hamburg, Taka Shamoto focused on contemporary dance. In 1995 she joined the contemporary dance school P.A.R.T.S. and joined Rosas two years later. She danced in the revivals of Woud and Achterland and contributed to the creation of Just Before, Drumming, I said I, In Real Time, Rain, April me, Bitches Brew / Tacoma Narrows and Kassandra, and the revival of Mozart / Concert Arias. In 2007 she collaborated with Grace Ellen Barkey & Needcompany for The Porcelain Project. In 2010 she performed in Jan Decorte’s Tanzung. Currently she is performing in Avdal and Shinozaki’s projects Field Works-office, Borrowed Landscape, nothing’s for something and as if nothing has been spinning around for something to remember.