Asuka Sasaki

Asuka Sasaki was born in Nagano, Japan. She trained at the Emiko Kojima Ballet School, Yo Ballet Academy in Japan and Beijing Dance Academy in China. After Beijing Dance Academy she joined Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Aspirant. She started dancing with Colorado Ballet in 2005 as a member of the Corps de Ballet, was promoted to Soloist in 2010 and then to Principal in 2017. With Colorado Ballet, she has worked with accomplished choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Derek Deane, Septime Webre, Eldar Aliev, Michael Pink, Ben Stevenson, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Martin Fredmann, Lila York, Jessica Lang, Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang and Amy Seiwert. 

Hometown:
Nagano, Japan

Dance training and awards:
Beijing Dance Academy in China

Joined Colorado Ballet:
2005

Promotions:
Promoted to Soloist in 2010
Promoted to Principal in 2017

Selected roles and ballets:
Clara, Sugar Plum and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker
Mercedes and Flower Girl in Don Quixote
Gulnara in Le Corsaire
Pas de Trois and Big Swans in Swan Lake
Myrta and Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle
Aurora, Blue Bird, Fleur de Farine, Miettis Fairy and Diamond in The Sleeping Beauty
Autumn Fairy and Fairy Godmother in Cinderella
Red and Pink Couple in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Soloist in George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco
Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Russian in George Balanchine’s Serenade
George Balanchine's Theme and Variations
Firebird in Firebird
Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort Little Mermaid in The Little Mermaid
Mina in Michael Pink's Dracula
Fernand Nault's Carmina Burana
Dorothy in Septime Webre's The Wizard of Oz
Hagar in Antony Tudor's Pillar of Fire

Photos: Asuka Sasaki by Allen Birnbach

 

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