Japanese dancer Taisuke Nakao joined The Royal Ballet's Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme from the start of the 2018/19 Season and was promoted to Artist in 2019.
Nakao was born in Matsuyama and began dancing aged seven. He trained at Ehime Ballet Academy, Academy of Dance Mannheim in Germany and The Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne Scholarship.
Roles while at the school included Larina Waltz, Multiplicity and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty. Professional engagements while a student included dancing with The Royal Ballet in Alice in Wonderland, Giselle, Manon and Swan Lake.