Joined KCB in 2019
Naomi Tanioka, originally from Sapporo, Japan, started her training with Chida Toshiko Ballet Studio. Ms. Tanioka was accepted to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada, where she concluded her 6 years of professional ballet training including the aspirant program. In 2014, Ms. Tanioka joined Ballet Arizona, where she had the opportunity to perform cygnets in Swan Lake, Pas de Six in Napoli, Walpurgisnacht, Western Symphony, Symphony in Three Movements and The Sleeping Beauty. She then joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2016, and the next two seasons. Ms. Tanioka had the opportunity to dance roles in Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Serenade, Rubies, Carmina Burana, Rite of Spring, Fire Bird, King’s Arthur’s Camelot, and Peter Pan, and worked with choreographers such as Penny Saunders, Myles Thatcher, Kate Wear, Travis Walls, David Morse, and Taylor Carrasco on their new pieces. Since joining Kansas City Ballet in 2019, she has performed Carmina Burana, Swan Lake, and danced new pieces created by choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Helen Pickett, Price Suddarth, and Ben Needham-Wood.