NAE KOJIMA AT THE KIROV
Nae Kojima at The Kirov Ballet
16 Years Old
Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy
AHA Awards placing 2017
Winner Supreme B Group
‘Kirov Academy of Ballet’
Washington DC USA
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!