Born in Gunma in central Japan,
Kaori Nakamura was trained at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet Company and at the School of American Ballet, she is currently dancing with Pacific Northwest Ballet, as a Principal dancer. Prior to moving to the States, Kaori was a Principal dancer with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
In 1986, Kaori won the 14th Prix de Lausanne Competition,
and in 1988 received a Bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.
Her Repertoire includes lead roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, Coppelia ;
as well as Balanchine's Ballet Imperial, Theme & Variations, Ballo Della Regina, Square Dance, Tarantella, Tchaikovsky pas de deux ; and works by Ashton, Caniparoli, Feld, Fokine, Joffrey, Kilian,Martins, Massine, O'Day, Petipa, Tudor, Tharp, Van Manen...
Kaori has also appeared with 'Dancers for Life', Ballet Jorgen in Toronto, and with numerous galas in Europe, Japan, Hong-Kong and Australia.