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Fumi Kaneko

Soloist of The Royal Ballet


Fumi Kaneko in action.
Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Japanese dancer Fumi Kaneko is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company during the 2010/11 Season and was promoted to First Artist in 2012 and Soloist in 2013.

Kaneko trained at the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School, Osaka. She won gold medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition, 2008, and silver medals at the Moscow International Ballet Competition, 2009, and the USA International Ballet Competition, 2010. That year she joined the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet Company, where her roles included Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) and Kitri (Don Quixote).

Kaneko’s repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Kitri, Kitri’s Friend and Queen of the Dryads (Don Quixote), Sugar Plum Fairy and Fairy of the Woodland Glade (The Sleeping Beauty), Gypsy Girl (The Two Pigeons) and roles in Viscera, The Four Temperaments, Swan Lake, Sweet Violets, Limen, Infra, ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012) and Woolf Works.


News and features

Watch: <em>The Nutcracker</em> rehearsal live stream

Watch: The Nutcracker rehearsal live stream

25 November 2015

Watch Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding rehearsing the Christmas favourite via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel.

Watch: Exploring the evolution of ballet pointe work

Watch: Exploring the evolution of ballet pointe work

17 August 2015

Royal Ballet dancers demonstrate the evolution of classical dance technique.

Watch: Dancers demonstrating the evolution of ballet

Watch: Dancers demonstrating the evolution of ballet

12 August 2015

Royal Ballet Soloist Marcelino Sambé performs a selection of terre-à-terre steps as part of a Ballet Evolved Insights session.