Ayano Kimura of Japan, is in her seventh season with The Washington Ballet. Kimura, born in Germany, went on a short-term study abroad to Russia and England in 2005. In 2006, she won first place at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-final competition in Japan and placed in the top 12 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 for two years where she graduated at the top of the class. She also performed with former director of Germany’s Dresden ballet, Vladimir Derevyanko, when she was in school and was the distinguished recipient of the ‘best dancer’ award. Kimura performed with Roberto Bolle in the Opening Ceremonies for the Torino Olympic Games. She has performed principal roles in Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, Giselle, Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake and many other soloist roles. Kimura has also performed contemporary works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Hans van Manen, Christopher Bruce, Trey Mclntyre, Edwaard Liang, Amy Seiwert, Twyla Tharp and George Balanchine.
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