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Akane Takada

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Akane Takada in action.
Akane Takada in Live Fire Exercise, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Japanese dancer Akane Takada becomes a Principal of The Royal Ballet from the start of the 2016/17 Season. 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 and First Soloist in 2014.

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 an Audience Award in addition to her scholarship with The Royal Ballet. Takada’s repertory with the Company includes Odette/Odile and pas de trois (Swan Lake), Princess Aurora, Fairy of the Enchanted Garden and Florestan pas de trois (The Sleeping Beauty), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Giselle, Young Girl (The Two Pigeons), Young Shepherdess (The Winter’s Tale) and roles in Voices of Spring, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, The Four Temperaments, Ballo della regina and Within the Golden Hour.

Takada created roles in Wayne McGregor’s Live Fire Exercise, Tetractys and Woolf Works. Other roles for McGregor include Raven (Raven Girl).

Videos

News and features

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016

Promotions and joiners have been announced for The Royal Ballet's 2016/17 Season.

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet

3 July 2014

Details of Company changes for the upcoming Season have been announced.

Royal Ballet dancers and choreographers shortlisted for National Dance Awards 2013

Royal Ballet dancers and choreographers shortlisted for National Dance Awards 2013

8 November 2013

Christopher Wheeldon, Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova among those nominated.

Photos

Akane Takada in Erico Montes' 'Dances for 1, 2 and 3'

Akane Takada

Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell, Akane Takada, Ryoichi Hirano

Alexander Campbell, Francesca Hayward, Ryoichi Hirano, Akane Takada

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

Emma Maguire, Akane Takada and Steven McRae in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada, Yuhui Choe and Paul Kay in Les Patineurs, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as the Young Girl and James Hay as the Young Man in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada in Live Fire Exercise

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

Akane Takada in Live Fire Exercise, The Royal Ballet

Emma Maguire, Dawid Trzensimiech and Akane Takada in Monotones I

Akane Takada as Aurora and Artists of the Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

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