Riho Sakamoto


Riho Sakamoto (Osaka, Japan) started amateur ballet at the age of four, because her parents wanted her to have a nice upright posture and, moreover, she always danced whenever she got the chance. After several years of lessons in Japan, she moved to Washington DC when she was ten, continuing her education at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. In 2010 she won the gold medal in the final of the Youth America Grand Prix in New York.

In 2014, Riho was hired by the Junior Company of Dutch National Ballet. A year later she transferred to Dutch National Ballet, in the rank of élève. After that, her career took off quickly. She was promoted every year: in 2016 to a member of the corps de ballet, the following year to coryphée, in 2018 to grand sujet, in 2019 to second soloist and at the end of 2021 to principal soloist after her debut as Clara in the ballet performance The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

She has since played a large number of lead and title roles, including Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, the double role Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and the title roles in Giselle and Mata Hari.

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