Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School
School of American Ballet
Joined the Company as an apprentice in 2001
Returned to the Company as a principal dancer in 2019
Most recently at San Francisco Ballet, Misa Kuranaga danced as a guest artist in Tomasson’s Soirées Musicales during the 2019 Opening Night Gala. Elsewhere, Kuranaga has danced in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote (Kitri); John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Onegin (Tatiana); Maina Gielgud’s production of Giselle (Giselle); Florence Clerc’s La Bayadere (Nikiya), Les Sylphides (Prelude), Frederic Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardée (Lise), Cinderella (Cinderella); Bournonville’s La Sylphide (the Sylph); Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty (Princes Aurora, Princess Florine), Swan Lake (Odette/Odile); Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and Clara); Harald Lander’s Etudes (the Ballerina); Ivan Liška’s Le Corsaire (Medora); lead role in George Balanchine’s Chaconne, Coppélia (Swanhilda), leading roles of Theme and Variations, Diamonds, Donizetti Variations, Rubies, Symphony in C, Serenade, Ballo della Regina, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, Tarantella, A Midsummer Night Dream, Divertimento No.15, Who Cares?, Concerto Barocco, Symphony in Three Movements, Apollo, Stravinsky Violin Concerto; John Neumeier’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler (Angel); Alexander Ekman’s Cacti; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Wings of Wax, Symphony of Psalms, Sechs Tanze; William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Artifact 2017, Pas/Parts 2018, and Playlist (EP); Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia; Jorma Elo’s Slice to Sharp, Lost by Last, Bach Cello Suite, Creatures of Egmont, and Fifth Symphony of Jean Sibelius; Wayne McGregor’s Chroma and Peter Martin’s Barber Violin Concerto.
In 1993, Kuranaga performed in the Moscow Ballet Competition Gala at Bolshoi Theater as a guest of Yuri Grigorovich. In 2009, she performed Serenade with New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center, and in 2012, Kuranaga danced the roles of Odette and Odile at the Komaki Ballet in Tokyo, Japan. She is an annual guest artist at the Vail International Dance Festival, which Damien Woeztel directs. Kuranaga has traveled all over the world performing in galas including the Youth American Grand Prix Gala in New York City, the Dance Open Gala in Helsinki, the Seventh International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei, the Prix de Lausanne Gala in Tokyo, the International Ballet Gala in Dortmund, Alina Cojocaru & Friends in Sarasota, Florida, Roberto Bolle and Friends tour at the Arena di Verona and additional cities in Italy, Despertares Gala in Mexico, and the Russian Ballet Icons Gala in London. In 2017, she performed the title role in Giselle as a guest principal at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.
Kuranaga is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a gold medal in the junior division of the Ninth Moscow International Ballet Competition and the gold medal in the senior division of the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition. She was nominated for a Benois de la Danse award for her portrayal of Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin and Medora in Ivan Liška’s Le Corsaire in 2017.