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Yoko Ichino Ballet Mistress


Los Angeles.


Trained with Mia Slavenska in Los Angeles.

Previous Companies

  • American Ballet Theatre
  • National Ballet of Canada
  • Stuttgart Ballet

Guest Performances

  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Tokyo Ballet
  • Ballet de Monte Carlo
  • Australian Ballet
  • Sydney Ballet
  • Royal New Zealand Ballet
  • the Deutsche Oper Ballet, Berlin
  • Bayerishes Staats Oper Ballet, Munich
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet

Career Highlights

Becoming the first American and American Woman to win a medal at the prestigious Third International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1977.

Dancing opposite such artists as Rudolf Nureyev, Helgi Tomasson, Anthony Dowell and Fernando Bujones.


Yoko is married to Artistic Director David Nixon. She was Director of the Professional Training Programme at BalletMet (1996 – 2001), has been invited to be a guest teacher in schools and companies around the world and is delighted to be working with Northern Ballet Theatre whilst continuing her successful international teaching career.

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Supported by:

Supported by: Arts Council England Supported by: Leeds City Council Supported by: West Yorkshire Grants

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