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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Washington Ballet (TWB) proudly announces veteran Company member Maki Onuki’s achievement at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Ms. Onuki was awarded the bronze medal in the Senior Women’s Division after performances from Giselle, Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland and Diana and Acteon.

“We are incredibly proud of Maki and this recognition of her artistry and technical prowess,” said TWB Artistic Director Septime Webre. “She represents an entire company of talented and dedicated artists at The Washington Ballet, and her achievement at the 2010 International Ballet Competition underscores the grace, beauty and technical virtuosity our audiences have come to expect from her over the seasons.”

The USA International Ballet Competition (IBC) is a two-week “Olympic-style” competition where competitors vie for gold, silver and bronze medals, cash awards, scholarships and contracts to join the world’s top ballet companies. Founded in 1978 by Thalia Mara, the first USA International Ballet Competition took place in 1979 and joined the ranks of Varna, Bulgaria (1964); Moscow, Russia (1969); and Tokyo, Japan (1976). Today, the USA IBC in Jackson remains one of the oldest and most respected competitions in the world. To find out more about IBC, visit their web site: http://www.usaibc.com/

Ms. Onuki, of Yokohama, Japan, will be in her seventh season with The Washington Ballet this fall. Ms. Onuki danced with Goh Ballet in Canada for one season under Choo Chiat Goh and Lin Yee Goh. She performed in ballets including Serenade, Don Quixote, La Corsaire, Diana and Acteon, Carnival of Venice and other classical and contemporary pieces. She trained at John Cranko Ballet School under the direction of Tadeusz Matacz and at Mika Sasaki Ballet Academy under Mika Sasaki and Mikio Ikehata. Ms. Onuki also attended Boston Ballet’s summer program on scholarship.

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