Corps de Ballet
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yoshiko Kamikusa began her training in ballet at the age of seven in Hawaii. She later moved to Vancouver to pursue professional training under the tutelage of Vera Solovyeva and Nikolai Levitsky.
Before her career had even started, she gained significant recognition by competing at various international ballet competitions, including the Varna International Ballet Competition, the Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Tanzolymp in Berlin, the Boston International Ballet Competition, and the Japan Grand Prix.
Kamikusa joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an Apprentice in 2013 and was promoted into the Corps de Ballet the following year. Since joining the Company, she has performed such leading roles as Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Clara (Nutcracker), Puck (The Faerie Queen - A Ballet Based On A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Niska (Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation). She has also performed in The Handmaid’s Tale, Giselle, The Four Seasons, and performed the following roles as a student: Kitri (Don Quixote); The Sugarplum Fairy, The Snow Queen, Dewdrop, Arabian (The Nutcracker); Mazurka Variation (Les Sylphides); and Vakhanka (Faust – Walpurgisnacht).
In 2014, she received the high honour of being featured on the cover of the Winter 2014 issue of Dance International (see photo gallery below).
When she’s not dancing, Kamikusa spends her time cooking healthy food from scratch and reading.
Japan Grand Prix International Ballet Competition - First Place (2013)
Varna International Ballet Competition - Finalist (2012)
Helsinki 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)
Helsinki International Ballet Competition- Bronze (2017)