ONO Ayako was born in New York. She trained at Noriko Kobayashi Ballet Academy, Studio Ballet Colette Armand and New National Theatre Ballet School. She was the Gold medalist at the Genée International Ballet Competition in 2004, and joined the National Ballet of Japan as Soloist in 2007. She made her debut as leading role in David BINTLEY's Aladdin in 2008 and was promoted to Principal in 2011.She was awarded both Minister of Culture Award for New Artists in Ballet and Dance and Dance Critic Circle of Japan's New Comer Award in 2011 and won Chieko Hattori Ballet Prize in 2014.She created the leading role in David BINTLEY's The Prince of the Pagodas, and also appeared as guest dancer for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2013 and 2014 to perform in the U.K. premiere of Aladdin and The Prince of the Pagodas.

Repertoire with NBJ includes

  • Wayne EAGLING's production: The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Princess Florine)
  • Alexei FADEECHEV's production: Don Quixote (Kitri)
  • Frederick ASHTON: Cinderella (title role)
  • George BALANCHINE: Symphony in C (2nd Movement Principal), Concerto Barocco (Principal), Apollo (Terpsichore), Symphony in Three Movements (2nd Principal couple), Theme and Variations(Principal)
  • David BINTLEY: Aladdin (Princess Badr al-Budur), Carmina Burana (Fortuna, Lover Girl), Galanteries, 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Rainforest Family), The Prince of the Pagodas (Princess Bell Sakura), Sylvia (title role), Take Five (Two Step), E=mc2 (Mass), Faster (Fighters)
  • Nacho DUATO: Por vos Muero
  • Mikhail FOKINE: The Firebird (title role)
  • Jessica LANG: Escaping the Weight of Darkness
  • Kenneth MACMILLAN: Manon (title role), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet)
  • MAKI Asami: La Dame aux Camélias (Peasant, Csárdás, Tarantella)
  • OGURA Sachiko: Snow White (title role), Cinderella (title role)
  • Roland PETIT: Coppélia (Swanilda), La Chauve-souris (Bella)
  • Twyla THARP: Push comes to shove, In the Upper Room ('Ballet women')
  • August BOURNONVILLE: La Sylphide (title role)
  • Hans VAN MANEN: Grosse Fuge
  • Peter DARRELL: Tales of Hoffmann (Antonia)
  • Konstantin SERGYEV's production: Giselle (title role)