Ayumi Hikasa ARAD and Diploma in Classical Ballet BBO was born in Tokyo, where her parents still live. She attended the Noriko Kobayashi Ballet School and later the Noriko Kobayashi Ballet Theatre, before continuing her training at the Royal Ballet School in London where she studied at the Upper School for three years. She danced in school performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, performing the Fouette Girl in Graduation Ball and the Pas de Trois in Les Rendezvous. During her second year she danced with the Royal Ballet and in her third year she toured the United States of America with Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet.
On graduating school, Ayumi joined the National Ballet of Portugal, based in Lisbon. She was soon performing soloist roles such as the second variation in La Bayadere and the Pas de Trois in Swan Lake , and already during her second year there she began performing principal parts including both the Russian and Waltz girls in Serenade
and the lead in Theme and Variations. She joined London City Ballet in August 1988 and at the end of her first six months she appeared with the company as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker after which she was promoted to Soloist, performing many roles during the following year including the Pigtail girl in Graduation Ball, Flower Festival Pas de Deux and Le Corsaire Pas de Deux before being promoted again to Principal. Her Subsequent roles included the Don Quixote Pas de Deux and the title roles in the company's full length productions of Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet , and at London City Ballet's Christmas 1991 season at Sadlers Wells Theatre she performed the lead role of Odette/Odille in Swan Lake . In May of 1992 Ayumi was invited to dance the lead role of Swanhilda in a performance of Brenda Last's production of Coppelia in Tokyo.
After leaving London City Ballet in July 1992 Ayumi was invited to join the cast of The Phantom of the Opera in the West End. She remained there for over a year although still maintaining her contact with the ballet world Guesting with both Stars of British and Russian Ballet and as Guest Principal with the Wiener Ballet Theatre touring extensively in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden.
Since resuming her free lance career in December 1993, Ayumi has again guested with Wiener ballet Theatre and with the European Ballet. In May of 1994 she was invited with her husband to perform the Sleeping Beauty Pas de Deux at the 3rd Seoul International Ballet Festival in Korea, having the honour of being the first couple to be invited to represent the United Kingdom. In August of 1994 Ayumi joined Northern Ballet Theatre. Whilst there Ayumi danced the role of Odille in their new production of Swan Lake and at the company's Sadlers Wells Season danced the Elder Sister in Christopher Gable's Cinderella, as well as performing the role of Charlotte Bronte in Gillian Lynne's production of The Brontes.
in 1995 Ayumi resumed her free-lance career and guested regularly in Germany and Switzerland as well as guesting in Japan performing Nutcracker over the Christmas season, before joining European Ballet for a short season performing the role of Swanhilda in their production of Coppelia, where her duties also included teaching and rehearsing. Ayumi was also invited to perform in a new production of Cinderella, for which she choreographed the role of Cinderella and the pas de deuxs , in Saga, Japan. She re-joined the cast of Phantom of the Opera leaving in April 2000 as she was expecting her first child.
Since this time Ayumi has continued with her teaching as well as producing a production of Coppelia for Saga Ballet Company in Japan using several UK Guest Artists including Martin Lindinger formerly of Rambert Dance Company. In 2006 Ayumi rejoined the RAD and has been approved with the ARAD status, she has also qualified as an assistant gymnastic coach and was an assistant coach at Heathrow Gymnastics club as well as open classes at Dance Works.
Ayumi also now teaches with The Kensington Ballet School teaching the very young ballet stars of the future in Barnes and also with Oomphalos just off Harley Street in Central London for children from 1 ½ years up.