FUKUOKA Yudai in George BALANCHINE's Apollo (title role) ©SHIKAMA Takashi

FUKUOKA Yudai was born in Osaka. He started his ballet training at K-Ballet Studio and studied under YAGAMI Kaori, YAGAMI Kurumi and YAGAMI Keiko. He joined the Zurich Junior Ballet in 2003. After two years with ZJB, he joined the Zurich Ballet as Demi Soloist in 2005. During his years in Zurich, he performed many works by Heinz SPOERLI such as Coppelia, Le Sacre du Printemps, Goldberg Variations No.14 and danced the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He won Bronze medal in the 2008 Varna International Ballet Competition and 1st Prize in 2009 Seoul International Dance Competition. He joined the National Ballet of Japan as Soloist in 2009, promoted to First Soloist in 2011 and then to Principal in 2012. He created the title role in David BINTLEY's world premiere of The Prince of the Pagodas, and also appeared as guest dancer for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2013 and 2014 to perform the title role in the U.K. premiere of Aladdin and The Prince of the Pagodas. He was awarded Nakagawa Einosuke Award and the 2013 Dance Critic Circle's Award in Japan.

Repertoire with NBJ includes

  • Wayne EAGLING's production: The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré, Gold)
  • Alexei FADEECHEV's production: Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada)
  • MAKI Asami's productions: Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), The Nutcracker (Prince), La Bayadère (Solor, Bronze Idol)
  • Frederick ASHTON: Cinderella (Prince)
  • George BALANCHINE: Symphony in C (1st Movement Principal), Apollo (title role), Symphony in Three Movements (2nd Principal couple), Theme and Variations(Principal)
  • David BINTLEY: Aladdin (title role), Carmina Burana (1st seminarian, 3rd seminarian), Galanteries, 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Brazilian Woolly Monkey), The Prince of the Pagodas (Prince, King of the West), Sylvia (Aminta), Take Five (Two Step), E=mc2 (Energy), Faster (Fighters)
  • Nacho DUATO: Duende
  • Mikhail FOKINE: The Firebird (Ivan Tsarevich)
  • KANAMORI Jo: solo for 2
  • Jessica LANG: Escaping the Weight of Darkness
  • Kenneth MACMILLAN: ,Manon (Des Grieux), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo)
  • MAKI Asami: La Dame aux Camélias (Armand Duval)
  • NAKAMURA Megumi: Who is "Us" ?
  • OGURA Sachiko: Snow White (Prince Lex), Cinderella (Prince)
  • Roland PETIT: La Chauve-souris (Johann, Ulrich)
  • Twyla THARP: In the Upper Room('Ballet Men')
  • Hans VAN MANEN: Grosse Fuge