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Karin Yamada was born in Tokyo, Japan and began her ballet training at Matsuyama Ballet School.  Karin continued her training at Ballet Austin and attended summer programs at The Rock School for Dance Education and North Carolina School of the Arts on scholarships.  In 2003, Karin was accepted into North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with Melissa Hayden, Warren Conover, and Nina Danilova. Prior to joining City Ballet, Karin danced four seasons with Charleston Ballet Theatre where she performed numerous works including George Balanchine’s Serenade, Rubies, Who Cares?, and Jill Bahr’s Rite of Spring.  Now in her tenth season with City Ballet, Karin has been featured in the company’s productions of Giselle, The Nutcracker, Carmen, The Firebird, Romeo and Juliet, The Seasons, C-Squared, Swan Lake, Requiem, Don Quixote and George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Rubies, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Emeralds Who Cares?, Allegro Brillante, Serenade, Agon, The Four Temperaments, Concerto Barocco, Square Dance, La Source, and Geoff Gonzalez’s Treatment and his Carmina Burana, plus the company premiere of Peter Martins’ Hallelujah Junction.

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Financial support for City Ballet is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.



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