Akira Takahashi, from Nagano, Japan, joined Silicon Valley Ballet (then known as Ballet San Jose) for the 2005/2006 Season as a Trainee and was promoted to Company Dancer in 2007. Previously, he trained at the Tachibana Ballet School in Tokyo, while also performing in the Asami Maki Ballet Company. Akira has danced as a soloist in many classic ballets, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Don Quixote.
With Silicon Valley Ballet, he has performed in Karen Gabay's The Nutcracker, Dennis Nahat's The Nutcracker, Blue Suede Shoes, Romeo and Juliet, Middle Kingdom – Ancient China, Cinema Soundtracks, Ontogeny, and The Firebird.
Photo by Chris Hardy