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 Upper School. He graduated into the Company in 1997, promoted to First Artist in 2001 and Soloist in 2007. He retired from the Company in 2014 to take up his 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.