Risa Mochizuki was born in Tokyo and trained at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, as well as Kishibi and Kawasaki Ballet Schools in Japan. She has won medals in several international competitions including the VARNA International Ballet Competition. She danced solo and principle roles with Teatrul Ballet Sibiu, Romania, the Constanta National Opera, and the Timisoara National Opera Ballet. Principal roles include productions of Don Quixote, Paquita, Nutcracker, Chopiniana, and La Vivandiere. She currently resides as a Principle Dancer with the New Jersey Ballet Company.