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Ayana Kanda

Ayana Kanda, photo Simon Lawson

Ayana, from Tokyo, trained at Kishibe Mitsuyo Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. She joined Northern Ballet in 2003.

Ayana retired from Northern Ballet in December 2012.

Learn more about Ayana

Favourite roles

Ghost of Christmas Past, A Christmas Carol; Washerwoman, The Three Musketeers; Suzuki, Madame Butterfly; Friends, Swan Lake; Clara, The Nutcracker; Young Cathy, Wuthering Heights; Angels in the Architecture; first solo La Bayadère; Wendy, Peter Pan; Cecil de Volange in Dangerous Liaisons.

Where were you born and raised?

Japan, Tokyo

Where did you do your dance training?

Tokyo (Kishibe Ballet Studio). Central Ballet School London.

When did you join Northern Ballet?


What would be your dream role to dance?


Describe your perfect Sunday morning...

Having pancakes for breakfast with Yi Song [Ayana's husband - Ed].

What was the first album you bought and what was the last album you bought?

Last album would be Wedding Song.

What would be your luxury item on a desert island?

Yi Song!

What are you favourite places in Yorkshire?

Temple Newsam where Yi and I had our wedding photos taken.