Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yoshiko Kamikusa began her ballet training at the age of seven in Hawaii. She later moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to pursue professional training under the tutelage of Vera Solovyeva and Nikolai Levitsky at the Goh Ballet Academy. She has gained significant recognition by competing and winning several awards at various international ballet competitions, including the Bronze medal at the 2016 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, 1st place at the 2013 Japan Grand Prix, Gold medal at the 2011 Tanzolymp in Berlin, Bronze medal at the 2011 Boston International Ballet Competition and more.
Kamikusa’s career as a professional ballerina started in 2013 when she became an artist with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. During her time with the company, she performed leading roles including Odile (Swan Lake), Clara (Nutcracker), Puck (The Faerie Queen), Red Girl (Dracula), Laura (The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude), and Niska (Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation). She was also named Pointe Magazine’s 2017 “Stars of the Corps,” after being praised for her impressive performance as the Red Girl in Mark Godden’s Dracula.
Already having made a spectacular guest appearance as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in Indianapolis Ballet’s 2017 production of The Nutcracker, Central Indiana arts patrons will soon become familiar with this talented young dancer. Kamikusa joined as a founding member of Indianapolis Ballet in 2018 and has since starred in many Principal roles, including productions of The Firebird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Swan Lake, and Sonatine.
Helsinki International Ballet Competition- Bronze (2016)
Japan Grand Prix International Ballet Competition – First Place (2013)
Varna International Ballet Competition – Finalist (2012)
RAD Solo Seal Award (2012)
Winner of the Developing Artists Grant – Classical Ballet, The Hnatyshyn Foundation (2012)
Tanzolymp in Berlin, Germany – Gold (2011)
Boston International Ballet Competition – Bronze (2011)