Nao Sakuma

(b. 1976)

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(b Fukuoka, 6 Feb. 1976)

Japanese dancer. She trained at the Michiko Komori Ballet School and Royal Ballet School, joining Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1995 and promoted to principal in 2002. A formidable technician she has danced lead roles in BRB's classical repertory (often partnered by Chi Cao) as well as works by Ashton, MacMillan, Bintley, and Tharp.

She has created roles in Bintley's The Seasons (2001) and Concert Fantasy (2002).

Subjects: Dance.

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