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Junior Soloist

Miki is from Fukuoka in Japan and joined Northern Ballet in 2014. She trained at Kazuko Sugihara Ballet School Art in Japan and Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. Whilst at school she danced Walts Girl from George Balanchine's SerenadeDov'e la luna (Jean-Christophe Maillot) and Romeo & Juliet (Jean-Christophe Maillot). In 2010 she won the Gold medal at the YAGP Japan finals.

Learn more about Miki

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan.

At what age did you start dancing?

I started dancing at a local dance school in Japan when I was six years old.

Where did you train?

I trained at Kazuko Sugihara Ballet School Art in Japan and then from 2010 – 2014 I trained at Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo.

While he appears ambivalent, Rochester encourages Blanche as they dance together
Ashley Dixon's Father holds the hand of Miki Akuta's Young Cinderella to lift her out of her sadness. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
Erina and Evelina play on the seabead
The young Princess Beatrice is torn between her love for Liko and her duty to her mother
Ladies of society play badminton

Awards, nominations & prizes

Gold medal in the 2010 YAGP Japan finals.

Favourite Northern Ballet roles

Clara (The Nutcracker) and Tinkerbell (Peter Pan).

What do you like most about being a dancer?

I think that being a dancer is not just a job; it is a way of life. For me, it is the best way to express myself and I feel happy when I’m dancing.

What is your favourite book?

I don’t read very often but I like Japanese books which always inspires me.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Japanese food! I like sushi, etc, it always makes me relaxed and reminds me of home.

How do you like to relax?

I like listening to beautiful classical music like Chopin and Tchaikovsky.

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

I can’t think of anything else but I think I would still want to be an artist.

Header photo taken by Justin Slee. Other photos taken by Emma Kauldhar.