Miyoko Koyasu

Second Soloist

Miyoko Koyasu

Miyoko Koyasu. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Quick Facts

Born: Chiba, Japan
Trained: Hashimoto Ballet and Shimada Ballet Institute in Japan and Canada’s National Ballet School
Joined: 2011
Second Soloist Since: 2018


Five Things to Know

  1. 1Miyoko was born in Japan and moved to Toronto when she was 16 to attend Canada’s National Ballet School. 
  2. 2She dances the lead role of Olga in one of her favourite ballet's, John Cranko's Onegin. 
  4. 3In 2021, Miyoko danced the role of Calliope in George Balanchine's Apollo at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.
  5. 4She has performed in several world premieres, including Frame by Frame, Le Petit Prince, Pinocchio and Unearth.
  7. 5In 2019, she debuted as Alice in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 


Favourite Ballets

  1. 1Onegin
  2. 2Nijinsky
  3. 3Romeo and Juliet
  4. 4Jardí Tancat (Nacho Duato)
  5. 5The Man in Black


Full Biography

Miyoko Koyasu was born in Chiba, Japan and trained at Hashimoto Ballet and Shimada Ballet Institute in Japan and Canada’s National Ballet School. Miyoko joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2011 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2018. 

Most recently, Miyoko danced in the world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s MADDADDAM. She has danced such roles as Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Calliope in Apollo, the title role in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Princess Florine, Second Fairy, Pussycat and First Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Petal in Cinderella, Olga in Onegin, Sheep in The Nutcracker and Principal Second Movement in Concerto. Her repertoire includes Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Giselle, The Winter’s Tale, Nijinsky, Anna Karenina, Frame by Frame, Le Petit Prince, Pinocchio, A Streetcar Named Desire, La Fille mal gardée, Manon, Allegro Brillante, The Four Temperaments, The Concert, The Dream, Paquita, The Four Seasons, Carousel (A Dance), Piano Concerto #1, Emergence, Serenade, Symphony in C, Paz de la Jolla, Elite Syncopations, Being and Nothingness and The Dreamers Ever Leave You. 

Miyoko received the RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award in 2013. In 2018, she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit. 





“As Calliope, the supple and willowy Miyoko Koyasu made a strong impression… dancing with charming vivacity and playful wit.”
– Fjord Review

“Miyoko Koyasu (Calliope) was the best dancer I’ve ever seen perform this role. Her articulation as the muse of poetry, silently emoting the inner depths of her poems, was nothing short of superb.”
– Ludwig van Toronto


Peter Dwyer Scholarship (2009)
RBC Emerging Artist Apprentice Award (2013)
Patron Award of Merit (2018)