Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2019; alum of the Joffrey Academy of Dance
Miu Tanaka was born in Chiba, Japan, and began dancing at the age of four with Studio en dehors and trained at the K-Ballet School under the direction of Tetsuya Kumakawa from 2013 to 2016. In 2016, she joined the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany, under the direction of Tadeusz Matacz and Anna Jojic, graduating in 2018. While there, she performed in many roles including Glinka pas de trois and as a soloist in Leonid Lavrovsky’s Classical Symphony.
In 2018, she joined the Joffrey Academy of Dance’s Trainee Program and was promoted to the Studio Company after one month and performed principal roles in Paquita and Coppélia, as well as being featured in Xiang Xu’s Winning Works piece Vessels Bearing.
Awards include first place in the Machida Ballet Competition (2015), second place in the NBA Ballet Competition (2016) and Top 12 in the senior category at the New York finals at the Youth America Grand Prix (2018).