Sayaka

 

Sayaka Karasugi-Ruggles is originally from Kumamoto, Japan and started her dance training at Kumamoto Ballet at the age of five. In summer of 1992 and 1995, Sayaka attended international ballet session at Shanghai Ballet School in China. While her last visit to China, she decided to pursue her dream to become a professional ballerina.
In summer of 1996, at the age of sixteen, Sayaka was accepted from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division. She moved alone to Canada in the fall of 1996. In spring of 1998, Sayaka graduated from Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division, and She then joined Royal Winnipeg Ballet Aspirant Program in fall of 1998, where she toured and performed all around Canada and the United States with Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. She has performed numerous productions with the company including Swan Lake, the Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Serenade, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, among others.
Sayaka joined the Colorado Ballet in fall of 2000. During the time as a member of the company, she was nominated for Canada’s 2003 Gemini Awards for Best Actress for her performance of Rag Doll in the television series Toy Castle. With Colorado Ballet, Sayaka performed leading roles in all major productions, as well as a guest artist with many other festivals. Sayaka performed all major parts in classical productions such as Clara and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Sylphide in La Sylphide, Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Myrthe and Peasant pas de duex in Giselle, Kitri and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Glunara in Le Corsaire. Sayaka also performed neoclassical, modern and contemporary choreographed master pieces such as Balanchine’s Rubies, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, as well as Christopher Weeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also performed Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Antony Tudor’s Leaves are Fading and Echoing of Trumpets, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and In The Upper Room, Michael Pink’s Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame, Martin Fredmann’s Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Coppelia, A Little Love, Webre’s Where the Wild Things Are, Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, Lynn Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk, Lar Lubovitch’s …smile with my heart, and many more. She had the opportunity to work with and be featured in pieces by such choreographers as Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang, Jessica Lang, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Lila York, among others.
After having major foot surgery, Sayaka retired from Colorado Ballet as Soloist in March 2011. She enrolled as a non-traditional student with fast track program at Colorado State University in fall 2011, and is graduating with a Dance degree in Spring 2013.

Ms. Sayaka will be teaching ballet during the Summer Dance Camp 2015.