SOLOIST

Chisako Oga

Carlsbad, California

Joined Boston Ballet in 2019

Biography

Chisako Oga was born in Dallas, Texas. She trained at San Francisco Ballet School on a full scholarship, prior to being promoted to trainee and then apprentice. In 2016, Oga joined Cincinnati Ballet, where she quickly rose to the position of principal.

As a Principal at Cincinnati Ballet, Oga danced roles such as Principal Couple in George Balanchine’s Rubies, Russian Girl in Balanchine’s Serenade, Aurora in Devon Carney’s The Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Victoria Morgan’s Romeo and Juliet, and Swanilda in Kirk Peterson’s Coppélia.

Her Boston Ballet repertoire includes Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Pas de Trois, Cygnets, and Lead Neapolitan) and The Nutcracker (Sugarplum Fairy, Dew Drop, Snow Queen, and Ballerina Doll), Jean Coralli and Jule’s Perrot’s (adapted by Larissa Ponomarenko) Giselle (Giselle), William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Blake Works I, George Balanchine’s Chaconne, and Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura.

Oga has received several awards throughout her career. In 2016, she received a silver medal in the Shanghai International Ballet Competition. In 2018, she won the bronze medal at the USA International Ballet Competition. Oga has been praised by Dance Magazine for being a “technical whirlwind” with “riveting acting abilities”. Recently, she was named one of their “25 to Watch” in 2019. In May/June of 2021, Oga was featured as the cover story for Pointe.

Oga joined Boston Ballet as a second soloist in 2019 and was promoted to soloist in 2020.