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Ako Kondo

Ako was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1991. At three years old she began her training at Shiho Kanazawa Ballet Studio. In 2005 Ako was won second prize at the Japan Grand Prix and in 2006 she studied at The Royal Ballet School's International Summer School. In 2007 she was awarded The Australian Ballet School Tuition Scholarship, which was announced at the Youth America Grand Prix. Ako toured with The Dancers Company in 2008 and in 2010 she joined The Australian Ballet. She was promoted to senior artist in 2014, and principal artist in April 2015 following her debut as Giselle.

Repertoire highlights

  • Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote 2013

  • Principal girl in Marius Petipa's Paquita 2013

  • The Sylphide in La Sylphide 2013

  • Glen Tetley's Gemini 2012
  • The Countess in Stephen Baynes' Swan Lake 2012
  • Graeme Murphy's The Narrative of Nothing 2012
  • Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake 2012, 2010

You may not know...

Ako is currently learning her third language, Chinese, and plans to learn more languages in the future.


Guest appearances


  • The Dancers Company, 2012


  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee 2012


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