Kihiro Kusukami is from Nagoya, Japan. He was awarded a scholarship to the Australian Ballet School at the 2013 Youth America Grand Prix, training at the School from 2014 – 16 and performing as a member of the Dancers’ Company of The Australian Ballet. His roles with the Dancers’ Company included Hilarion in Giselle, and in 2016 he also appeared in Houston Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet during the company’s Australian tour. In 2017 he joined Queensland Ballet’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, appearing in productions including Amy Hollingsworth’s Glass Heart, Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land, Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, and Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan. Kihiro continued to perform with Queensland Ballet in 2018, in productions including Greg Horsman’s La Bayadère, Liam Scarlett’s The Firebird and Carlos Acosta’s Carmen. Kihiro joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet as a guest artist for Strength & Grace in August 2018 and is now a full-time member of the company.