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Ayano Kimura

AYANO KIMURA, of Japan, is in her first season as a company member with The Washington Ballet after two seasons as an apprentice and two seasons with The Studio Company. Ms. Kimura was born in Germany and began her training at the age of nine under Soda Shizuko. In 2006, she won first place at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-final competition in Japan and placed in the top 10 at the finals in New York City. She was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Ballet Academy School and also studied at La Scala Theatre Ballet School. Ms. Kimura performed with Roberto Bolle in the Opening Ceremonies for the Torino Olympic Games. In 2008, she was a finalist at the YAGP Ballet Competition, where she was awarded a scholarship to Essen Ballet in Germany.