Kuu Sakuragi | Soloist2024-01-19T13:04:07-08:00
PNB dancer Kuu Sakuragi


Kuu Sakuragi is from Bellevue, Washington. He studied on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, where he began as a DanceChance student at the Francia Russell Center. He attended summer courses at Houston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He was a recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. In 2017, Mr. Sakuragi joined Alberta Ballet as an apprentice and was promoted to company dancer in 2018. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2020, and was promoted to soloist in 2023.

At Alberta Ballet, Mr. Sakuragi performed leading roles in Christopher Anderson’s Cinderella, Jean Grand-Maître’s Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and The Drum, Helen Pickett’s Petal, Edmund Stripe’s The Nutcracker, and Wen Wei Wang’s Futureland.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine

Allegro Brillante
A Midsummer Night’s Dream


George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

(Soldier Doll, Green Tea Cricket, Candy Cane)

Peter Boal


(Peasant Pas)

Alejandro Cerrudo

Little mortal jump

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s

Romeo et Juliette


Jessica Lang

Ghost Variations
Let Me Mingle Tears With Thee*

Edwaard Liang

The Veil Between Worlds

Vincent Michael Lopez

Op. 21*

Amanda Morgan

This Space Left Intentionally Blank*

David Parson


Crystal Pite

The Seasons’ Canon

Alexei Ratmansky

Wartime Elegy*

Dwight Rhoden

Catching Feelings*

Kent Stowell

Carmina Burana
Swan Lake


Twyla Tharp

Sweet Fields
Waiting at the Station


*Originated Role

Dancer Promotions! Clara Ruf Maldonado, Kuu Sakuragi, and Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan

November 3rd, 2023|Dancer Announcements, Dancers, Life at PNB|

Before the curtain-raiser performance of Alexei Ratmansky’s Wartime Elegy on opening night of LOVE & LOSS, Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal and Associate Artistic Director Kiyon Ross announced to the audience that corps de ballet dancers Clara Ruf Maldonado and Kuu Sakuragi have been promoted Soloists, and Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan has been promoted to Principal dancer.

Promotions: Cecilia Iliesiu, Angelica Generosa, & Dylan Wald

November 20th, 2020|Dancer Announcements, Dancers, Life at PNB|

PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal Announces Three Promotions during First Look to the Future Gala. Seattle, WA – “It gives me tremendous pleasure to be able to promote three dancers in our company this evening.” As part of the festivities at First Look to the Future, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s first-ever [...]

Q&A with Kuu Sakuragi

September 22nd, 2020|Dance Happens Everywhere, Dancer Announcements, Dancers, Life at PNB, PNB School, Q&A with Dancers, Choreographers & Staff|

Dancing through a pandemic has its plethora of challenges, but lucky for us, Pacific Northwest Ballet has a fully digital season in the works to share with subscribers. Not only are we back in action at the ballet, but we are also thrilled to welcome a new dancer, Kuu Sakuragi, [...]

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