Mariko Sasaki

Soloist of The Royal Ballet


Japanese dancer Mariko Sasaki is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and in 2013 graduated into Birmingham Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet in 2014/15 Season and promoted to First Artist in 2021, promoted to Soloist, 2022. 

Sasaki was born in Tokyo and trained at the Yuriko Kawaguchi Ballet School. She was a finalist at the 2010 Prix de Lausanne, where she won a scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet Upper School. 

Her repertory with the Company includes Fairy Summer (Cinderella), Fairy of Enchanted Garden, Florestan’s Sister, Princess Florine (The Sleeping Beauty), pas de six (Giselle), Prince Siegfried’s Sister, pas de trois, Polish Princess, Neapolitan, Big Swan (Swan Lake), Lead Spanish, Mirlitons, Arabian, Lead Flower, Rose Fairy, Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Swanilda’s friends (Coppélia), and roles in Like Water for Chocolate, Rhapsody, Within The Golden Hour, Symphony in C, Les Patineurs, Scènes de ballet, Onegin, Illustrated ‘Farewell’ and Jewels. She created God of Spring in Anemoi.

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