Kushiro, Japan

Kushiro Ballet Academy by Kou Yano, English National Ballet School

English National Ballet
Joined 1996, Principal Dancer 2000, Lead Principal 2007

Favourite roles
Giselle, Juliet, The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring

Favourite production
Mary Skeaping’s Giselle

Career highlights
Creating role of Aurora in Deane’s The Sleeping Beauty and Clara in Christopher Hampson’s The Nutcracker

Other info
Best Female Newcomer in 2002 Critics’ Circle Awards, enjoys reading in English and Japanese and doing yoga

Best part of touring
Getting to see all the different cities around the world and being able to show my dancing ability to so many different audiences

Favourite costume
Black Swan since in our production the material used is so comfortable

…I could have watched the neat, fleet Erina Takahashi all night
The Daily Telegraph