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Miyako’s last dance

Principal Guest Artist Miyako Yoshida retires after 25 years dancing.

By Royal Opera House

29 June 2010 at 2.06pm | 4 Comments

The time has come to say our final goodbye to Principal Guest Artist Miyako Yoshida. She dances her last ever performance with The Royal Ballet today (29 June) – in Tokyo, the city where she first began her ballet training as a little girl. After 25 years dancing with The Royal Ballet companies, 15 of which she spent with The Royal Ballet, she is now hanging up her professional pointe shoes.

Miyako’s final moments onstage will be in Romeo and Juliet with Steven McRae at the Bunka Kaikan theatre in Tokyo as part of The Royal Ballet's summer tour. MacMillan’s Juliet is a role she has performed many times both with The Royal Ballet and its sister company Birmingham Royal Ballet, where she was a principal before coming to Covent Garden.

"I have had a wonderful time in the great family of The Royal Ballet and I will take many precious memories and experiences with me. This feels like the perfect way to end my career with the Company, saying a final farewell in my home country of Japan. I’d like to thank all the people who have supported me and made my career so special; all the dancers, directors and support staff of the Royal Opera House, as well as the fans who have come to see me dance."

Many ardent ballet fans have made the pilgrimage to see Miyako’s final curtain call after being so moved by her last performance on the Covent Garden main stage as Cinderella this April. She received a shower of flowers in April, flung by adoring fans, and will surely get a loving send-off in her homeland.

By Royal Opera House

29 June 2010 at 2.06pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Japan, Miyako Yoshida, The Royal Ballet

This article has 4 comments

  1. Rick responded on 11 April 2017 at 2:44am Reply

    What an amazing professional dancer.Cannot help but feel she should dance forever. She is the greatest Ballerina of all times.

  2. griselda hayes responded on 27 June 2017 at 1:13am Reply

    Absolutely agree. She embodies music and grace like no other.

  3. griselda hayes responded on 27 June 2017 at 1:15am Reply

    There could never be an equal. Ethereal. Sublime. Very much missed.

  4. Susan Wisecup-Agbedzinu responded on 23 December 2018 at 9:59pm Reply

    Her last performance was on my son's birthday. My favorite dancer and a birthday celebration...nothing better. Her elegance, grace and talent will be sadly missed.

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