Born and trained in Tokyo, Miyako Yoshida joined The Royal Ballet School in 1983 after winning the Prix de Lausanne. In 1984, she joined Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) and was promoted to Principal in 1988, and in 1995 she joined The Royal Ballet. She left The Royal Ballet in 2010 and started her career as a freelance dancer until she retired from the stage in 2019. During the period of freelance, she was appointed as Artistic Consultant of The National Ballet of Japan in 2018.
Her repertory includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Lise in La Fille mal gardee, the title role in Giselle, Swanilda in Coppelia, Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, Kitri in the Don Quixote, the title role in Cinderella, the title role in Ondine, the title role in Raymonda, Chloe in Daphnis and Choloe, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Le Corsaire pas de deux, Homage to The Queen and leading roles in Prince of the Pagodas, Symphonic Variations, Elite Syncopations and the title role in Snow Queen.
Her awards include the Global Award in 1989, the Arts Encouragement Prize for Artists of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan in 2001, an OBE (Order of the British Empire), the Purple Ribbon Medal from the Emperor of Japan in 2007, Mainichi Art Award in 2011, DSC Award in 2012 and Person of Cultural Merit in 2017. She was appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2004 and UNHCR Artist in 2012. She joined Prix de Lausanne four times as a judge since 2009.