Japanese dancer Chisato Katsura is an Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2015.
Katsura was born in Osaka to Chinese parents. She began dancing aged four and went on to train with Zhu Mei Li. She joined The Royal Ballet School White Lodge in 2009 and entered the Upper School in 2012. Her awards include the 2012 Phyllis Bedells Bursary (Royal Academy of Dance) and first prize at the 2013 Young British Dancer of the Year. At the School she won first prize at the 2013 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance, the 2014 Director’s Award for the most promising student and the 2015 Dame Ninette de Valois Prize for most outstanding female graduate. Roles as a student included Cat (Peter and the Wolf) and principal roles in extracts from Raymonda and La Bayadère at The Royal Ballet School annual matinees.
Katsura’s roles with The Royal Ballet include White Cat and Fairy of the Woodland Glade (The Sleeping Beauty). In 2016 she represented The Royal Ballet at the Erik Bruhn Prize.
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