Kota Sato

Second Soloist

Kota Sato

Kota Sato. Photo by Karolina Kuras. 


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

Kota has 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, Levin in Anna Karenina and L’Ivrogne in Le Petit Prince. His repertoire also includes Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Onegin, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Merry Widow, Frame by Frame, Pinocchio, A Streetcar Named Desire, Manon, The Dream, Etudes, The Four Seasons, The Second Detail, Approximate Sonata 2016, Chroma, The Man in Black, Carousel (A Dance), Symphony #9, Angels’ Atlas, Emergence, Being and Nothingness, Night and Orpheus Alive.

Kota 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
Second Soloist since: 2019


"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