Haruo Niyama of Japan is in his first season with The Washington Ballet. He began his dance training at seven years old with Hakucho Ballet Academy in Japan under the direction of Tamae Tsukada and Mihori Tsukada. He participated in IBstage in 2013 and was taught by Julie Kent, Xiomara Reyes and Rinat Imaev. The next year, Niyama was awarded the 42nd Prix de Lausanne and was a gold medalist at Youth America Grand Prix. He trained at San Francisco Ballet School in the trainee program from 2014-2015 through the Prix de Lausanne scholarship. He has performed as a guest artist throughout Japan and in 2014 was invited by the American Embassy to perform at an event hosted by Caroline Kennedy. That same year, Niyama danced under the world renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa in The Saito Kinen Festival. In 2016, he was a finalist in the 27th International Ballet Competition-Varna where he performed with Xiomara Reyes.