Misa Kuranaga and Paulo Arrais (Boston Ballet) in Tchaikovsky pas de Deux, music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreography by George Balanchine. Benois de la Danse 2017, Defile of the Stars and New Laureates, shot in the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow on 30.5.2017.
Misa Kuranaga is currently a Principal Dancer with Boston Ballet. She was born in born in Osaka, Japan. initially trained at the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School in her native Japan and then received additional training at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Before joining Boston Ballet in 2003 she was a member of the San Francisco Ballet. In Boston she was promoted to soloist in 2005 and to principal dancer in 2009. Kuranaga started her competition career at the Chubu National Ballet Competition where she was the youngest participant to win the gold medal in the pre-junior division. When she was only ten years old she was invited by Bolshoi Ballet director Yuri Grigorovich to participate in the Moscow International Ballet Competition Gala. She received a scholarship award at the Prix de Lausanne competition in 2001 and also won a gold medal as a Junior in the Moscow IBC that same year. In 2006 she won the senior gold medal at the USA International Ballet Competition, in 2006, she was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine.
Paulo Arrais is currently Principal Dancer with Boston Ballet. Arrais was born in Brazil, trained at the Ballet Jovem do C.C.G.R., the Paris Opera Ballet School, the English National Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School, where he was awarded the Ninette de Valois Bursary when he graduated in 2006. He was one of the finalists at the New York International Ballet Competition in 2007 and the Youth American Grand Prix in 2003, where he also received a scholarship to the Paris Opera Ballet School from the Nureyev Foundation. Paulo Arrais joined The Norwegian National Ballet in 2006, In 2009 Arrais took a four-year period of leave and moved to San Francisco to dance in Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. He has toured the USA, France and Italy, and danced as part of the centenary celebrations of the Ballets Russes in Monte Carlo. In 2010, he started dancing with the Boston Ballet, where he was promoted to First Soloist in 2011 and to Principal Dancer (the highest accolade) in 2012.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Benois de la Danse and Bolshoi Theatre, special thanks to Nina Kudriavtseva-Loory and Regina Nikiforova.