Alumni

Sascha Radetsky
Sascha Radetsky is a former soloist danseur with the American Ballet Theatre and an actor. Ayako and three professional alumni dancers.Ayako, Sascha Radetsky, Mariko Takahashi, Amy Briones

Born in Santa Cruz, California, Radetsky began his ballet studies in the San Francisco Bay Area with Damara Bennett and Ayako Takahashi. At the age of 15, he was invited to study in Moscow at the Bolshoi Academy under world-renowned men’s teacher Pytor Pestov. After a year in Russia, he studied on scholarship at the Kirov Academy in Washington, D. C. under Rudolph Kharatian and Andrei Garbouz. He toured with the Kirov Ballet throughout the United States and internationally. He also studied on scholarship at the summer programs of the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre’s School of Classical Ballet with Mikhail Baryshnikov, the San Francisco Ballet School and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, Colorado.

Yukie Fujimoto
ODC San Francisco, Yukie is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mills College. Very different being on tadministrative end of an institution.

 

 

 

 

Amy Briones
Amy Marie Briones began her career with Ballet San Jose in 2006 and was promoted to Soloist in 2012. She received her training at the Ayako School of Ballet. Since joining Ballet San Jose, Ms. Briones has performed principal roles such as Kitri in Don Quixote, the Grand Pas de Deux in Paquita, Myrtha in Giselle, as well as principal roles in Jorma Elo’s Glow-Stop, Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Rendezvous. Ms. Briones has also received awards in ballet competitions from coast to coast, including Youth America Grand Prix and the USA International Ballet Competition.

 

 

Alec Guthrie
Palo Alto native, began his training at Ayako School of Ballet. A dance scholarship student at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, he graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Dance (Performance Specialization). There, Alec had the privilege of working extensively with Donald McKayle as a soloist and member of his Etude Ensemble. Alec has worked and trained with Jodie Gates, David Allan, Tong Wang, Alejandro Cerrudo, Robin Mineko Williams, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Austin, The Trey McIntyre Project, Spellbound and Hamburg Ballet. He performed as guest artist in Neos Dance Theater’s 2013-2014 season as featured soloist in works by Hubbard Street’s Penny Saunder’s and Neos’ Robert Wesner. Alec joined Menlowe Ballet in 2014. Alec received contract from ODC San Francisco 2015.

 
 

Dominique Larose
About Dominique Larose
Dominique was born in San Francisco, California and trained at the Ayako School of Ballet, Tanz Akademie Zürich and the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Graduate Professional Programme. She joined Northern Ballet in 2014.

Reviews from Her Recent Work
A prince (Ashley Dixon) must learn humility and empathy to win the heart of Beauty (Dominique Larose), the woman he yearns for.

All of this works well, but what really made last week’s matinee sing was the performance of 22-year-old Larose. A legato dancer with a serene line and elegantly arched feet, she negotiates Nixon’s choreography with affecting sincerity. You believe in the love that she proclaims for her Beast. In the unforced expansiveness of her dancing, Larose reminded me of Tierney Heap, as the Lilac Fairy in the Royal Ballet’s current production of The Sleeping Beauty, and of Claire Calvert, who made a resplendent debut as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Royal’s Nutcracker on New Year’s Eve.

Calvert and Heap are more experienced dancers than Larose, but all three share a lyrical femininity, and a breadth of wingspan, that are a world away from the sinewy inexpressiveness of many present-day ballet practitioners.

By Luke Jennings, 8 January 2017
Name of news paper ; The Gaurdian

It is challenging choreography, especially in terms of synchronising technical virtuosity across a large cast and the Northern Ballet dancers met these tough tests with alacrity. The second movement pas de deux (made by MacMillan to mimic Lynn Seymour’s practice at the barre) was beautifully danced by Dominique Larose and Alexander Yap.

By Graham Watts, 16 October 2017
Name of news paper ; Bachtrack

 

 
 

Jessica Radetsky
(Ballet Chorus in Phantom Broadway since June 2002) started ballet with Ayako Takahashi in northern California and she continue studied at the School of American Ballet at age 14 and the Kirov Academy. She has danced with the Kirov Ballet, Kirov Opera Ballet and guested with S.F. and L.A. operas and ballet companies throughout the U.S. Her repertory includes works by Folkine, Petipa, Vaganova, Diaghilev, Bournonville and Balanchine.

 
 

Sarah North
After receiving a high level of instruction from Ayako School of Ballet and performing with Peninsula Youth Ballet for five years, Sarah earned her BA in Dance from Chapman University. Her professional performing experience includes Anaheim Ballet, Disneyland Resort, the Glory of Chirstmas at the Crystal Cathedral, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and the Boise Dance Co-op (where she got to dance with her now husband). This is Sarah’s fifth year teaching at Ballet Idaho Academy, where she enjoys teaching creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet, jazz, and ballet themed summer camps. Sarah is also involved in Ballet Idaho’s Learning Through Dance outreach program, where she teaches dance to third graders in their schools.
 

 

Ashley Chiu
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ashley trained with Ayako Takahashi, Michael Lowe, Maria LaMance, and Mariko Takahashi for almost 8 years. Ashley is a recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the arts where she received a BFA in Drama from the New Studio on Broadway and Stonestreet Studios. During her time at NYU, Ashley trained under the direction of Kent Gash, Michael McElroy, Randy Graaff, Eden Espinosa, Ted Sluberski, and Vance Barber, among others. Ashley recently made her Off-Broadway debut in Ars Nova’s sold-out and extended run of KPOP, the musical. She can be seen next on the 2018 National and Japan tour of A Chorus Line, directed by Tony-winning original cast member Baayork Lee. Ashley’s previous credits include Janet van de Graaff (The Drowsy Chaperone), Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), Christmas Eve (Avenue Q), Maureen (RENT), and Eng Ahn (The Golden Child).