Yuka Iseda

First Soloist

Meet Yuka

Hometown: Akishima-shi, Tokyo
Yuka Iseda began ballet studies at age five. She received training at Ecole de Ballet “PUCK” and Paluccschule Dresdent and was awarded 3rd place at the Saitama All Japan Ballet Competition in 1995.

Yuka joined Pennsylvania Ballet for our 2016/2017 season as a member of the corps de ballet. She has danced principal roles such as the Sugarplum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® and Medora in Angel Corella’s Le Corsaire. Yuka has also performed in the world premieres of Brian Sanders’ Chicken Bone Brain and Nicolo Fonte’s Ghost Stories, as well as featured roles in Nacho Duato’s Remansos and George Balanchine’s Western Symphony (Third Movement).

Prior to Pennsylvania Ballet, Yuka danced at Dresden Semperoper Ballet (Ballett Sächsische Staatsoper), followed by the Dutch National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Angel Corella’s Barcelona Ballet, and Ballet Carmen Roche in Madrid. Some of her featured roles with those companies include Cinderella in Cinderella, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Hermia and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clara in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Odette/Odile and Pas de Trois in Swan Lake.


“Keep trying and enjoy.”
– Yuka Iseda


Once when Yuka performed Cinderella, she had to dance onstage, run down to play piano in the orchestra pit, then return to the stage and dance again!


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Performance Highlights

With Pennsylvania Ballet:

  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (The Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop)
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird Princess)
  • Le Corsaire (Medora, Odalisques)
  • Cinderella (Spring Fairy, Summer Fairy)


  • It goes that way (world premiere)
  • TILT (world premiere)
  • Ghost Stories (world premiere)
  • Chicken Bone Brain (world premiere)
  • Episode 31 (company premiere)


  • Rush (company premiere)
  • Remansos (company premiere)
  • The Third Light (company premiere)
  • Jewels (Emeralds)
  • Western Symphony (Third Movement)

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