Kaori Ogasawara (Ballet)
Kaori was born in Japan where she studied ballet with her grandmother, Kazue Ogasawara and Takao Hisamitsu. In 1993, she came to the US to train at the Boston Ballet school and later danced at Boston Ballet before joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 1999 with her husband, Christopher Rendall-Jackson. She was promoted to soloist in 2004. Her many featured roles at PBT include the Sugar Plum Fairy and Marie in Terrence S. Orr's The Nutcracker, Myrtha in Giselle, Mercedes in Don Quixote, and Russian girl in Balanchine's Serenade. She also performed in galas and appeared as a guest artist in the roles of Swanhilda in Coppelia, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Sylph in La Sylphide, and the balcony pas de deux in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet.
Kaori and her husband retired from the stage in 2009, and now live in San Francisco with their children Emiya and Hana.