Wow. It didn't take long for Artistic Director Stanton Welch to recognize what a miracle he has in Yuriko Kajiya. After her performance last night during which she opened the run of Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker as the Sugar Plum Fairy opposite Charles-Louis Yoshiyama's Prince, Welch walked on stage and announced her promotion to principal dancer.
It restores one's faith in how America treats its authentic classical ballet stars and makes so many of us in New York so happy and proud.
This pic is from her and Jared's recent Detroit performance of Giselle. We can hardly wait for Houston to see them in this ballet.