Miyako yoshida and mr naoya kinoshita visit the royal ballet school

Miyako Yoshida and Mr Naoya Kinoshita visit The Royal Ballet School

On Friday 18 November, our students were visited by alumna and former Royal Ballet Principal, Miyako Yoshida and Mr Naoya Kinoshita who watched the morning ballet class. After the class, Miyako and Mr Kinoshita spoke with some of our Japanese students; 1st year Yu, 2nd Year Ryota and 3rd years Sae and Yuki.

Japanese dancers make up the highest proportion of International students at The Royal Ballet School, across the Upper School and White Lodge, and alumni like Miyako have gone on to have illustrious careers after training at the School.

We wish to thank Miyako and Mr Kinoshita for visiting the School and supporting our Japanese students.


Miyako Yoshida was born and raised in Tokyo. She won the 1983 Prix de Lausanne, after which she joined The Royal Ballet School. In 1984 she joined the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, now Birmingham Royal Ballet, where she was promoted to Principal in 1988. She joined The Royal Ballet in 1995 as a Principal dancer, retiring in 2010.

Miyako has been recognised outside the ballet world for her contributions to the art form. In 1989 she was awarded the Global Award and the Arts Encouragement Prize for Artists of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Japan and in 2001 she was appointed the UNESCO Artist for Peace.