The Australian Ballet

Jake Mangakahia

Soloist

Jake Mangakahia 1352 final
Jake Mangakahia 1337 final

Jake Mangakahia

Jake was born on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. As soon as his parents discovered that their baby was bopping his little head to any music he heard, they put him into dance classes. At the age of ten Jake successfully auditioned for The Australian Ballet School. At the age of 18 he joined The Australian Ballet. He was promoted to coryphée in 2017 and to soloist in 2018.

Repertoire

  • Tim Harbour's Squander and Glory, 2017
  • Vaslav Nijinsky in John Neumeier's Nijinsky, 2016
  • Stephen Page's Waramuk - in the dark night, 2012
  • Graham Murphy's Beyond Twelve, 2012
  • Gary Stewart's Monument, 2011

Professional accolades

Awards

  • Telstra People's Choice Award, 2017, 2012

You may not know

In 2014 Jake made the decision to take a two-year sabbatical and fulfil a life-long dream to serve as a Christian missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints. He served in the Toronto mission and returned to The Australian Ballet in 2016.