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Nae Kojima at The Kirov Ballet



16 Years Old

Student of

Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy

QLD Australia


AHA Awards placing 2017

Winner Supreme B Group


At the

‘Kirov Academy of Ballet’

Washington DC USA

Junior Company


Nae writes….


I moved to Washington, D.C in September 2017 to continue my training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet.


Kirov teaches the pure Vaganova technique and although very demanding, I have enjoyed all of the classes and teachers throughout the year.


As a Junior Company (pre-professional) student, I also had the opportunity to travel around Washington DC and other places, including Costa Rica to perform. That was definitely the highlight of my year as I got to experience dancing in new venues and in front of new audiences each time.


I also attended a couple of American company auditions a go while I was over there… It felt like a whole new world! Competitive and quite daunting at first if I’m being honest, but I am glad to have experienced this now so that I know what to aim, train and work hard for when I return to the Kirov again in September!