OKUDA Kasumi as Princess Belle Sakura in David BINTLEY's The Prince of the Pagodas ©SETO Hidemi

OKUDA Kasumi was born in Fukuoka prefecture. She trained under TANAKA Chikako at the TANAKA Chikako Junior Ballet and SHINOHARA Seiichi and SHIMOMURA Yurie at the SHIMOMURA Yurie Ballet Ensemble. Major awards include second prize in the Pas de Deux category at the All Japan Dance Competition, a semi-finalist at Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2007 and second prize in the senior category at the Kobe dance awards in 2009. She joined the National Ballet of Japan in the 2010/2011 season. She danced Fairy Autumn in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, Twyla THARP's In the Upper Room, Pikkilia and 1st Variation in Don Quixote, Fighter in David BINTLEY's Faster. In 2014, she made her debut as the leading role in The Prince of the Pagodas and was promoted to Soloist.

Repertoire with NBJ includes

  • Wayne EAGLING's production: The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy Violente, Emerald)
  • Alexei FADEECHEV's production: Don Quixote (Pikilia, 1st Variation)
  • MAKI Asami's productions: Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Napolitan Dance), The Nutcracker (Reed Fairies)
  • Wayne EAGLING's production: The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy Violence, Emerald)
  • Frederick ASHTON: Cinderella (Fairy Autumn)
  • George BALANCHINE: Apollo (Polyhymnia)
  • David BINTLEY: The Prince of the Pagodas, Faster (Fighters)
  • Nacho DUATO: Duende
  • HIRAYAMA Motoko: Ag+G
  • Jessica LANG: Escaping the Weight of Darkness
  • Bronislava NIJINSKA: Les Noces (Villegers Soloist)
  • Twyla THARP: In the Upper Room