Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Joined OKC Ballet in 2015
Mayu Odaka, from Los Angeles, trained at the Lauridsen Ballet Center in Torrance, California, where she danced in the pre-professional company Ballet California. She was offered an apprenticeship with Oklahoma City Ballet after participating in the 2015 Summer Intensive and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2017, then later soloist in 2019.
Since joining Oklahoma City Ballet, her repertoire includes works by Helen Pickett, Septime Webre, Paul Vasterling, Agnes de Mille, Dennis Spaight, Robyn Pasternack, Ryan Jolicouer-Nye, and Amanda Herd-Popejoy. Favorite roles include Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Lucille Grahn in Robert Joffrey’s Pas des Déesses, Clara and Sugarplum Fairy in Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker and Ariel in Robert Mills’ The Little Mermaid. She has also performed featured roles that include Firebird in Robert Mills’ The Firebird, The White Cat in Robert Mills’ The Sleeping Beauty and demi-soloist roles in both George Balanchine’s Serenade and The Four Temperaments.