Yonen Takano

Yonen Takano Born in Nara, Japan. Trained from 2001-2008 at Kimika Kimura Atelier de Ballet in Yokohama, followed by the Vaganova Ballet Academy (class of Boris Bregvadze) in St. Petersburg, graduating in 2011.
 
In September 2011 Takano joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg as one of the first dancers Nacho Duato personally selected for the company. His repertory at the company included roles in NUNC DIMITTIS, INVISIBLE, DUENDE, MULTIPLICITY. FORMS OF SILENCE AND EMPTINESS (all by Nacho Duato), The Waltz, The Hunting Man-Soloist in The SLEEPING BEAUTY, The Friend of Tybalt, the Capulet Soldier in Romeo and Juliet, Harlequin, The Chinese Doll, and The Mouse in THE NUTCRACKER.
 
Takano was awarded the Danseur Noble Prize at the Korean International Ballet Competition, Diploma at the Arabesque International Ballet Competition and the Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition, and was finalist at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition.
 
In June 2014 Yonen Takano joined the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre Ballet Company as soloist and danced leading roles including Basilio (DON QUIXOTE), Frondoso (LAURENCIA), The Prince, The French Doll in (THE NUTCRACKER), Jean de Brienne (RAYMONDA), solo roles in ballets by George Balanchine (TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX, SYMPHONY IN C), Jiří Kylián (PETITE MORT), Trey McIntyre (OH, INVERTED WORLD) and Yuri Possokhov (SAGALOBELI).
 
In 2015 Yonen Takano danced the leading part with Nina Ananiashvili in the ballet Le Spectre de la Rose by Mikhail Fokine.