Masanao Ito was born in Ibaraki, Japan. He started his ballet training at Sion Ballet. Later, he attended the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School's Graduate Program on full scholarship for two years where he danced roles in Serenade, Etudes, Don Quixote, La Sylphide and Tribute. Additionally, he was invited to perform with the main company where he danced roles in The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Le Corsaire and Alice in Wonderland among others. He participated in Japan Grand Prix 2013 and received a full scholarship at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Summer Intensive. He also performs as a guest dancer all over Japan. This is Masanao's first season with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.