Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Joined OKC Ballet in 2015
Mayu Odaka, originally 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, to soloist in 2019, and to principal in 2023.
Since joining Oklahoma City Ballet, her repertoire includes works by Twyla Tharp, Gerald Arpino, Jerome Robbins, Bryan Pitts, Jessica Lang, Nicolo Fonte, Helen Pickett, Paul Vasterling, Agnes de Mille, Dennis Spaight, Robyn Pasternack, Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, Amanda Herd-Popejoy and Dayoung Jung. Favorite roles include Marguerite and Nichette in Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camellias, 4th Movement Principal Couple in George Balanchine's Western Symphony, Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula, and Lucille Grahn in Robert Joffrey’s Pas des Déesses. She has also performed feature roles that include Ariel in Robert Mills’ The Little Mermaid, Firebird in Robert Mills’ The Firebird, Eaglet in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), and demi-soloist roles in both George Balanchine’s Serenade and The Four Temperaments.
In 2022, Odaka was one of only two American ballerinas to be selected for the 2022 Helsinki International Ballet Competition in the senior division.