Kenichi Soki

Laureate of the 16th International Ballet Competition – Varna 1994
Premier Dancer, choreographer

Kenichi Soki is the Artistic Director of SBS Youth Ballet and head of Soki Ballet School Sendai Japan.

He started his ballet studies at a very young age. After participating in performances sponsored by Juridical Foundation Japan Ballet Association, Kawanawa Prefectural Artistic Dance Association, and Tani Momoko Ballet Company, Soki successfully joined to Universal Ballet Company in 1986. Soki had set up the record as the youngest dancer to ever enter the Company, at the age of sixteen. He has performed on stages in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan with Evelyn Hart, Patrick Bissel, Jean Charles Jill.

He has performed in various ballet pieces including George Balanchine’s Serenade, Allegro Brillante, Geogina Parkinson’s The Sleeping Beauty, Adrienne Dellas’s Paquita, The Nutcracker, David Lichine’s Graduation Ball, Luthana Boris’s Cakewalk, Roy Tobias’s La fille Mal Gardee, and Jack Carter’s La Traviata.

In 1990, Soki transferred to Hong Kong Ballet as a soloist and danced in Peter Darrel’s The Nutcracker, Petar Miller Ashmole’s Giselle, Jack Carter’s Three Dances to Japanese Music, George Balanchine’s

Walse Fantasie, Square Dance and Choo San Goh’s Unknown Territory, Pas de Trois from Pastral Sketch.From 1991, Soki has joined Ballet des Salzburger Landestheater, Austria and performed as a soloist inAustria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, and other European nations. In his five-year stay inSalzburger Landestheater, he has performed as the main dancer in Romeo & Juliet, Orpheus & Euridice,Le Corsair as well as taking part in the stage of Opera, Operetta and Musical.Soki came back to Japan in 1996 and in 1997, he had signed a contract with New National Theatre Balletin Tokyo. He performed as a soloist in the company’s repertoire, which consisted The Swan Lake, TheNutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Theme & Variation, La Sylphide, Don Quixote etc.In the same year, Soki opened Soki Ballet School. Along with the performances in New National TheatreBallet, he has participated in shows of Japan Ballet Association Young Ballet Festival, Aoyama BalletFestival, Takeuchi Hitomi Ballet Company, NBA Ballet Company, Inoue Ballet Company, KobayashiNoriko Ballet Theatre.In 2012, he was selected as an international jury member for International Ballet Competition Varna.

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