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Kenta Kura

Dancer

Biography

Kenta Kura in action.
Kenta Kura in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Japanese dancer and teacher Kenta Kura is Boys’ Artistic Teacher at White Lodge, The Royal Ballet School. He is a former Soloist with The Royal Ballet and trained at The Royal Ballet School. He graduated into the Company in 1997, promoted to First Artist in 2001, Soloist in 2007 and retired from the Company in 2014 to take up his current position at the School.

Kura was born in Hokkaido and began dancing at the age of eight. In 1995, aged 16, he joined The Royal Ballet Upper School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship, and graduated into the Company. His repertory with the Company included Bronze Idol and Magdaveya (La Bayadère), Tirrenio (Ondine), Bluebird and Florestan (The Sleeping Beauty), Benvolio and Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Dancing Gentleman (Manon), Hungarian Officer (Mayerling), Spirit of Fire (Homage to The Queen), Demetrius (The Dream) and roles in ‘Diamonds’ and ‘Rubies’ (Jewels), Symphony in C, Requiem and Theme and Variations.

Kura has created several roles for the Company and in 2014 created a role in Mayuri Boonham's The Human Edge in the Linbury Studio Theatre. While a dancer with the Company he participated in projects with Chance to Dance and the Royal Opera House's Learning and Participation department. Choreographic work includes DW2 for The Royal Ballet's Draft Works 2014.

Videos

News and features

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.

Why is dance so important for young people?

Why is dance so important for young people?

24 May 2014

Ahead of this weekend’s Chance to Dance performance, we asked a participant, teacher and a Royal Ballet Soloist why experiencing dance at a young age is so valuable.

Mayuri Boonham creates new work with Royal Ballet dancers

Mayuri Boonham creates new work with Royal Ballet dancers

5 March 2014

Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate will work with Yuhui Choe and Kenta Kura.

Photos

Kenta Kura as The Frog, Christopher Saunders as The Duchess and Ludovic Ondiviela as The Fish in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Royal Ballet dancer Kenta Kura as the Wolf with Chance to Dance students in the Annual Chance to Dance performance of Peter and the Wolf

Rupert Pennefather, Kenta Kura and Marianela Nuñez with artists of The Royal Ballet in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet

Kenta Kura and Marianela Nuñez in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet

Mayuri Boonham in rehearsals for Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge

Royal Ballet Dancers Kenta Kura and Yuhui Choe in rehearsals with Mayuri Boonham for Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge

Royal Ballet Dancers Kenta Kura and Yuhui Choe in rehearsals with Mayuri Boonham for Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge

The Sleeping Beauty. The Royal Ballet. Kenta Kura as Bluebird. October 2011 by Johan Persson

Kenta Kura

Iohna Loots, Kenta Kura and Emma Maguire in the pas de trios in Swan Lake, Act I

Mayara Magri and Kenta Kura in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Kenta Kura in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Kenta Kura in the pas de trios in Swan Lake, Act I

Royal Ballet Dancer Kenta Kura in rehearsals with Mayuri Boonham for Ex Nihilo / The Human Edge

Royal Ballet dancer Kenta Kura as the Wolf with Chance to Dance students in the Annual Chance to Dance performance of Peter and the Wolf

Royal Ballet dancer Kenta Kura as the Wolf with Chance to Dance students in the Annual Chance to Dance performance of Peter and the Wolf

Royal Ballet dancer Kenta Kura as the Wolf with Chance to Dance students in the Annual Chance to Dance performance of Peter and the Wolf

Royal Ballet dancer Kenta Kura as the Wolf with Chance to Dance students in the Annual Chance to Dance performance of Peter and the Wolf

Royal Ballet dancer Kenta Kura as the Wolf with Chance to Dance students in the Annual Chance to Dance performance of Peter and the Wolf