Sono Osato, b.1919, was not only the first dancer of Japanese descent to join the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, but was also the first American. She joined the company at just fourteen and would go to become a widely acclaimed dancer, dancing with ABT and on Broadway.
Last month, in Sono’s native Chicago, the Thodos Dance Chicago premièred a new ballet entitled Sono’s Journey . Choreographed by Melissa Thodos, the performance reflects Sono’s incredible journey. How fantastic that the story of this amazing women is finally being told! https://thodosdancechicago.org/news/sonos-journey-thodos-dance-chicago-to-bring-amazing-life-of-sono-osato/
Have a look at this video about Sono: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ4hJTQZSno
Now 96, Sono is one of the last surviving members of the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo. Sono danced in the premier of Le Coq d’Or in 1937, a ballet which has been recently recreated at Alexei Ratmansky for ABT and opens at the MET in June this year. https://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-ABT/the-golden-cockerel/