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Aya Watanabe


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Aya Watanabe


Aya was born in Saitama, Japan and started dancing at the age of four after seeing her very first ballet performance. She began her training at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet School in Japan, before moving to Australia to take up a scholarship with The Australian Ballet School. Aya performed with The Dancers Company in 2015 and joined The Australian Ballet in 2016. Aya was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2023.

Repertoire highlights

  • Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote 2023
  • Cupid in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote 2023
  • Cygnet in Anne Woolliams' Swan Lake 2023
  • Peasant Pas de deux in Maina Gielgud's Giselle 2019
  • The Fairy of Musicality in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty 2017

You may not know

Aya's hobbies are knitting and crocheting.