Yayoi Ban (Ezawa) trained at Rei Classical Ballet Institute, under Reiko Togashi, and Momoko Tani Ballet before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2001. After completing two years in the Aspirant Program, she joined the Company as an Apprentice in 2005. Yayoi was most recently promoted to Soloist in 2014.
Ban’s roles include lead Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Giselle in Giselle, Nancy in Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Great Great Grandmother Irene in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & The Goblin, Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and as part of the RWB Company in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. She has also performed in Romeo + Juliet, Dracula, Swan Lake, Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan, as well as contemporary works such as Mark Godden’s Angels in the Architecture and As Above, So Below, Itzik Galili’s Hikarizatto, Mauricio Wainrot’s The Messiah and Carmina Burana, and Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco.
In 2011, Ban performed Peter Quanz’s In Tandem at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and in 2012 she performed in Yosuke Mino’s Kevät as part of Q Dance.
Rei Classical Ballet Institute under Reiko Togashi
Momoko Tani Ballet
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Aspirant Program