The Anita B. Stude Principal Dancer


Shizuoka, Japan

Dance Training

Hiraki Ballet School
English National Ballet School
Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy
Houston Ballet II

Year Joined



Principal - 2016
First Soloist - 2015
Soloist - 2013

Favorite Roles

Prince Rudolf in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling
Oberon in John Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Favorite Ballets

Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling
Wayne McGregor's Chroma

A Defining Moment

I was invited to perform in a broadcast at NHK Hall in Japan. 


Charles-Louis Yoshiyama trained on scholarship at English National Ballet School and at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy. In 2007, Yoshiyama was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, winning a contemporary award/scholarship. He was also a finalist at the Youth American Grand Prix and received the Outstanding Contemporary Award. Yoshiyama had the opportunity to perform Swan Lake with English National Ballet and perform at the Prix de Lausanne gala in Japan in 2007.

Charles-Louis Yoshiyama joined Houston Ballet as an apprentice in 2008 and became a member of the corps de ballet in 2009. He was promoted to soloist in 2013.  He became a principal in 2016.

As a dancer with Houston Ballet, Yoshiyama has been featured in many roles, including Marquis de la Fayette in Stanton Welch's Marie, the fourth movement in George Balanchine's Symphony in C and the third pas de deux in Stanton Welch's Nosotros. He has also performed in Stanton Welch's Swan Lake and Divergence. His repertoire includes the title role in Sir David Bintley's Aladdin, Prince Rudolf in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, Oberon in John Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Albrecht in Stanton Welch’s Giselle, Prince Florimund in Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty, Solor in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère, Basilio in Ben Stevenson’s Don Quixote and the Prince in both Stanton Welch’s and Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker. He has created featured roles in Stanton Welch's ballets The Rite of Spring and Sons de L'âme (Sounds of the Soul) in 2013, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in 2014 and as Eros in Sylvia in 2019.  Yoshiyama was also featured in Garrett Smith's Return in 2013 and Aszure Barton’s Come In in 2019.

Principal dancer Charles-Louis Yoshiyama met Gómez’s feisty confidence with his own commanding, elegant technique and high-voltage charisma. He has a keen sense of ballon (that quality of hanging in the air during leaps) and style, and his comic acting was effortlessly natural.

Molly Glentzer

Houston Chronicle


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