Internationally acclaimed ballet dancer Miyako Yoshida has decided to retire after scheduled performances this summer in Tokyo, she revealed on her Facebook account Jan. 30.

The 53-year-old former principal of Britain’s prestigious Royal Ballet has served as an artistic consultant at the New National Theater Tokyo since September 2018.

Yoshida is expected to serve as a dance art director at the theater in the capital’s Shibuya Ward from September 2020.

An official of the agency Yoshida belongs to said the dancer decided to retire for physical reasons and because she wishes to devote herself to her new role as a director.

Yoshida is scheduled to give her closing performances on Aug. 7 and 8 at the theater.

Tokyo-born Yoshida won a prize at the Prix de Lausanne, an international ballet competition in Switzerland, in 1983, giving her an opportunity to study at the Royal Ballet School in London.

She then performed as principal of the Birmingham Royal Ballet in Britain, and was chosen by the Royal Ballet as the first Japanese female principal of the troupe, a role she served for 15 years.

Yoshida was designated by the culture minister as a cultural contributor in 2017.