Toru Shimazaki has started to dance at the Goh Ballet Academy in 1982 . He joined Tirol Landestheatre in 1986 . He started to choreograph at the age of 27 since then choreographed extensively in Europe, America and in his native Japan for many reknowned dance companies including: Japan's National New Tokyo Theatre, Grand Theatre de Geneve, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Introdanse, Singapore Dance Theater, Colorado Ballet to mention a few. He has been on the jury of prestigious International Ballet Competitions, including: The Shanghai International Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix Japan and The Prix de Lausanne .
Toru Shimazaki is "casting partner" for "Cirque du Soleil" in Japan. In 2004, he was invited to participate in the American Dance Festival's (ADF) International Choreographers Commissioning Program. In that same year, his work, "River", was chosen to represent "today's Japanese contemporary dance" at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Annual Conference.
Toru Shimazaki choreographed the Austrian musical "Elizabeth".
He is presently the Directing Professor of The Dance Program in the Music Department of Kobe Jogakuin College, Japan.