Sho Yamada
Photo: Sebastien Galtier

Sho Yamada


Sho Yamada originates from Ibaraki (Japan). He studied at the Princess Grace Academy in Monte Carlo, Monaco. In 2017, he was named a ‘New name to watch’ in the Critics’ Choice section of the British magazine Dance Europe. In 2019, he received another honourable mention in the magazine, this time in the category ‘Outstanding performance by a male dancer’.

Sho joined Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company in 2013. One year later, he made the transition to Dutch National Ballet in the rank of élève. In the following years, he became a member of the corps de ballet, a coryphée and, in 2018, a grand sujet. In the same year, Sho made his exciting solo debut in the role of Basilio in Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. More solo roles followed, both in the classical and the contemporary repertoire, leading to his promotion to soloist in 2019.


With Dutch National Ballet since: 

Place of birth: 
Ibaraki (Japan)

Career with Dutch National Ballet: 
Soloist (2019), Grand sujet (2018), Coryphée (2017), Élève (2014), Junior Company (2013).

Académie de Danse Princesse Grace (Monte Carlo, Monaco).


  • 2020: Critics’ Choice, Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer
  • 2017: Critics’ Choice, New Name to Watch