Royal Ballet promotes Japanese dancer to principal

The Royal Ballet of Britain announced Tuesday that Japanese dancer Kaneko Fumi has been promoted to principal dancer, the top rank in the prestigious company.

Its official website says Kaneko trained at a ballet school in Osaka. She won awards in international ballet competitions, including a gold medal in 2008 at the Varna International Ballet Competition, one of the world's top three ballet contests.

She joined the Royal Ballet in the 2010-2011 season. In 2018, she was promoted to first soloist, the spot next to principal.

Kaneko will make her principal debut in "Within the Golden Hour" on Thursday.

Her compatriots, Hirano Ryoichi and Takada Akane, were promoted to principals in 2016. Kumakawa Tetsuya and Yoshida Miyako also performed as principals for the Royal Ballet.