Charles Louis Yoshiyama  
Organization: Houston Ballet (USA)

Position: Principal

Years: 2016

Awards: Prix de Lausanne Contemporary Award 2007, Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding Contemporary Award

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Charles-Louis Yoshiyama trained on scholarship at English National Ballet School and at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. In 2007, Mr. Yoshiyama was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, winning a contemporary award/scholarship. He was also a finalist at the Youth American Grand Prix and received the Outstanding Contemporary Award. Mr. Yoshiyama had the opportunity to perform Swan Lake with English National Ballet and perform at the Prix de Lausanne gala in Japan in 2007.

Charles-Louis Yoshiyama joined Houston Ballet as an apprentice in 2008 and became a member of the corps de ballet in 2009. He was promoted to soloist in 2013. As a dancer with Houston Ballet, Mr. Yoshiyama has been featured in many roles, including Marquis de la Fayette in Stanton Welch’s Marie, the fourth movement in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C and the third pas de deux in Stanton Welch’s Nosotros. He has also performed in Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake and Divergence. His repertoire includes the title role in David Bintley’s Aladdin and the Prince in Ben Stevenson’s staging of The Nutcracker. He has created featured roles in Stanton Welch’s ballets The Rite of Spring and Les Sons de l’Ame (Sounds of the Soul) in 2013 and in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra in 2014, and in Garrett Smith’s Return in 2013.