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Akane Takada

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Akane Takada in action.
Akane Takada as Giselle in Giselle, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

Japanese dancer Akane Takada is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She danced with the Company on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship in 2008 and in 2009 entered the Company as an Artist. She was promoted to First Artist in 2010, Soloist in 2011, First Soloist in 2014 and Principal in 2016.

Takada was born in Tokyo and trained at Hiromi Takahashi Ballet Studio and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In the 2008 Prix de Lausanne she won Audience Choice Award in addition to her scholarship with The Royal Ballet. Takada’s repertory with the Company includes Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Giselle, Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Olga (Onegin), Titania (The Dream), Young Girl (The Two Pigeons), Mary Vetsera (Mayerling), Mathilde Kschessinska (Anastasia), Raven (Raven Girl), Perdita and Young Shepherdess (The Winter’s Tale) and roles in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Jewels, The Human Seasons, Voices of Spring, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, The Four Temperaments, Ballo della regina, Within the Golden Hour, Multiverse and Carbon Life.

Takada’s role creations include roles in Wayne McGregor’s Live Fire Exercise, Tetractys and Woolf Works.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote live in cinemas 2019?

19 February 2019
Your Reaction: What did you think of Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote live in cinemas 2019?

The Royal Ballet's production was relayed live to cinemas in 26 countries around the world.

How the right pair of pointe shoes can make all the difference to a dancer

28 November 2017
How the right pair of pointe shoes can make all the difference to a dancer

When it comes to creating and customizing pointe shoes for performance, every millimetre counts.

Cast change: Mayerling on 11 and 13 May 2017

10 May 2017
Cast change: <em>Mayerling</em> on 11 and 13 May 2017

Principal casting update for Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet.

Photos

Alexander Campbell as Basilio and Akane Takada as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Kitri and Alexander Campbell as Basilio in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Irina in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Irina, Claire Calvert as Olga and Laura Morera as Masha in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada & Steven McRae in Vertiginous Thrill

William Bracewell and Akane Takada in rehearsal for Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Yasmine Naghdi as Gamzatti and Akane Takada as Nikiya in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada in rehearsal for Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Odette in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada in rehearsal for La Bayadère, World Ballet Day 2018

Akane Takada in Giselle

Vadim Muntagirov’s Royal Ballet debut as Prince Florimund, with Akane Takada as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise

Olivia Cowley, Mica Bradbury, Hannah Grennell and Isabel Lubach in rehearsal for Medusa, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Kitri in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Nikiya and Steven McRae as Solor in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Nikiya and Steven McRae as Solor in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell and Akane Takada in rehearsal for Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell and Akane Takada in rehearsal for Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell and Akane Takada in rehearsal for Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada in rehearsal for New Work New Music, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada preparing her pointe shoes

Akane Takada as Odile and William Bracewell as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Benjamin Ella as Albrecht and Akane Takada as Giselle in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Benjamin Ella as Albrecht, Akane Takada as Giselle and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Benjamin Ella as Albrecht, Akane Takada as Giselle, Claire Calvert as Queen of the Wilis and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Nikiya in La Bayadère

Bennet Gartside and Akane Takada in The Dream.

Bennet Gartside as Bottom and Akane Takada as Titania in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as Prince Siegfried and Akane Takada as Odile in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson and Akane Takada in Woolf Works.

Edward Watson, Akane Takada and Tristan Dyer in Woolf Works.

Lesley Collier, Akane Takada as Giselle and Peter Wright in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Tristan Dyer and Akane Takada in rehearsal for Within the Golden Hour, The Royal Ballet

Tristan Dyer and Akane Takada in rehearsal for Within the Golden Hour, The Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor, Akane Takada and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for Tetractys, The Royal Ballet