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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), Young Girl (The Two Pigeons), Mathilde Kschessinska (Anastasia), Raven (Raven Girl), Young Shepherdess (The Winter’s Tale) and roles in 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

Watch: Why the Rose Adage from <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> is the ultimate challenge for a ballerina

Watch: Why the Rose Adage from The Sleeping Beauty is the ultimate challenge for a ballerina

21 February 2017

Principal of The Royal Ballet Akane Takada perfects one of the most notoriously difficult sections in classical ballet.

Cast change: <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> on 20 February 2017

Cast change: The Sleeping Beauty on 20 February 2017

20 February 2017

Akane Takada to dance the role of Princess Aurora, replacing Francesca Hayward.

Cast changes: <em>Jewels</em> on 12 and 15 April 2017

Cast changes: Jewels on 12 and 15 April 2017

30 January 2017

Principal casting has been amended for two performances of George Balanchine's ballet.

Photos

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

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

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

Emma Maguire, Dawid Trzensimiech and Akane Takada in Monotones I

Campaign image for the Royal Opera House Spring Season 2017. Yasmine Naghdi, Bryn Terfel and Akane Takada. Image by AKA

Akane Takada as Giselle in Giselle, 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

Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell, Akane Takada, Ryoichi Hirano

Alexander Campbell, Francesca Hayward, Ryoichi Hirano, Akane Takada

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

Akane Takada 2016

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

Ricardo Cervera and Akane Takada in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise

Akane Takada and Ricardo Cervera in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise

Akane Takada in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise