First Soloist

Minori Sakita

Born in Washington, D.C., Minori began her training at the Maryland Youth Ballet and continued at the Houston Ballet Academy. In 2014, she joined Tulsa Ballet and was promoted to demi-soloist in 2018. She joined Cincinnati Ballet as soloist in 2019 and was promoted to First Soloist the following year. Sakita has performed principal roles in Victoria Morgan’s, The NutcrackerCinderella and King Arthur’s Camelot, John Cranko’s Onegin, Andre Prokovsky’s The Three Musketeers, Derek Dean’s Strictly Gershwin, Balanchine’s SerenadeWho cares, and Septime Weber’s The Wizard of Oz. Sakita has also performed in Classical and Contemporary works by Alexander Ekman, David Dawson, Christopher Bruce, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Ma Cong, Jorma Elo, Yuri Possokhov, Jirí Kylián and Dwight Rhoden.