Japanese dancer Sae Maeda joined The Royal Ballet's Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme from the start of the 2017/18 Season and was promoted to Artist in 2018. She will be promoted to First Artist from the 2022/23 Season.
Maeda was born in Yokohama and began dancing aged seven. She trained at Mayumi Kinouchi Ballet School and at The Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship. Roles while at the School included in Les Patineurs, Les Sylphides, Soirées musicales and The Sleeping Beauty pas de quatre at the annual matinees and in Concerto at the John Cranko Schule Gala and the 2016 Beijing International Dance Performance Series.
Professional engagements while a student include dancing with The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker. Her repertory with the Company includes Prince Siegfried's Sister and Cygnet (Swan Lake), Juliet's Friend (Romeo and Juliet), Clara and Mirliton (The Nutcracker), pas de six (Giselle) and roles in The Dante Project, Scènes de ballet, Asphodel Meadows and Infra.
Production photo of Coppélia, The Royal Ballet
Leo Dixon and Sae Maeda in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet
Artists of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for La Bayadère, World Ballet Day 2018
Romany Pajdak and Sae Maeda in rehearsal for La Bayadère, World Ballet Day 2018
The Royal Ballet in class, World Ballet Day 2018
Sae Maeda. Photograph by Johan Persson