Sayaka Ohtaki - Ballet West, Soloist

Born: Tokyo, Japan

Joined Ballet West: 2010
Promoted to Soloist: 2013

Training: In New York and with Inoue Ballet School in Japan

Current Repertoire: George Balanchine’s Serenade, The Four Temperaments and Chaconne; “Walts of the Flowers” Pas de Deux and “Mirliton” in Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker; “Fairy of Beauty” in Adam Sklute’s newly conceived and produced The Sleeping Beauty; Jiří Kylián’s Sinfonietta; Nicolo Fonte's Bolero; and the 2011 world premieres of Christopher Ruud's Trapped, Tom Mattingly's Fall Into Loving Arms, and Avichai Scher's White Noise.

Notable Roles: Serenade, Agon, Stars & Stripes; "The Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker; "Medora" from Le Corsaire.

Favorite Roles: Bournonville’s Napoli, The Flower Festival in Genzano and La Sylphide.

Additional Information: In 2005, Sayaka Ohtaki became a freelance performer, touring throughout Japan. She has guest appeared with Komaki Ballet, Japan Ballet Association, and Piccolo Ballet, dancing Principal roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Paquita, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide, Napoli, and Don Quixote. In 2007, Ohtaki was invited to perform with the National Theatre of Ulan-Bator, Mongolia to celebrate diplomatic relations. She relocated to New York City in 2008 and trained with David Howard, Gelsey Kirkland, Igal Perry and Ludmila Raianova. Ohtaki has worked with contemporary dance companies such as Thang Dao Dance Company and Collective Body Dance Lab. She also models leotards for LIGNES in New York.