Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2022; alum of the Joffrey Academy of Dance
Nae Kojima is from the Gold Coast, Australia, and began dancing at the age of five at Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy. At age 16, she moved to the U.S to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. where she trained under the guidance of Bat Udval, Evgenia Singur, Stanislav Belyaevsky, and Anastasia Dunets.
After graduating from Kirov in 2019, Kojima joined The Joffrey Ballet Studio Company in Chicago. There, she performed Fascinatin’ Rhythm from George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, works by Lar Lubovitch, and was also selected to perform in the main company’s The Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon. In 2021, Kojima returned to her home country and toured regional Victoria as a guest artist with the Projection Dance Company for their ‘Australian Stars of Ballet’ gala performances. Later that year, she joined Atlanta Ballet’s second company, performing the roles of Young Marie in Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker, Butterfly Pas in Bruce Well’s Snow White, and the corps de ballet of Giselle.
Nae is very excited to be returning to Chicago for her first season with The Joffrey Ballet.