Kota Sato

Second Soloist

Kota Sato

Kota Sato. Photo by Karolina Kuras. 

Biography

Kota Sato was born in Tokyo, Japan and trained at the Shimura Ballet School in Japan and Canada’s National Ballet School. Mr. Sato joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2012 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2019. 

Recently, Mr. Sato made his debut as Levin in the North American premiere of Anna Karenina. He has also danced such roles as The Fool in Swan Lake, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Brother Clown in The Winter’s Tale, an Icicle in The Nutcracker, the Golden Slave/the Faun in Nijinsky and L’Ivrogne in Le Petit Prince. His repertoire also includes Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Giselle, Onegin, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Pinocchio, A Streetcar Named Desire, Frame by Frame, Manon, The Four Seasons, The Man in Black, Carousel (A Dance), Symphony #9, Emergence and Being and Nothingness.

Mr. Sato was awarded the Patron Award of Merit in 2019.

Kota Sato is sponsored through Dancers First by Tony Arrell, C.M. & Anne Arrell.

Quick Facts

Born: Tokyo, Japan
Trained: Shimura Ballet School in Japan and Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 2012
Seconod Soloist since: 2019

Quotes

Nijinsky
"Kota Sato absolutely stole the show (and more than a few hearts) as both the Golden Slave and the Faun, dancing with dazzling athleticism and almost scandalous sensuality, all bedroom eyes and supple hips."
— ArtsFile.ca

The Merry Widow
"Kota Sato as the lead Pontevedrian dancer… his whiz kid technique is right up there with Russian classical pyrotechnics.."
— Ludwig van Toronto