Neneka Yoshida —
Neneka was born in Japan and started dancing at 3 years old. She began studying with Keiko Miyanishi at 5 years old.
Neneka trained with Dominique Khalfouni in Paris and Victor Ullate in Spain and was accepted into the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and was taught by Claude de Vulpian and Celine Talon. She graduated with a Diploma in 2013.
Neneka was awarded the Gold Medal of Concours International de Danse de Biarritz and the Gold Medal of Concours International Chausson d’Or in 2012.
Neneka was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne in 2013. Neneka was invited by Isabelle Ciaravola to perform in a Gala in the French Island, Corsica in 2013 and 2014.
Neneka joined Queensland Ballet as a Jette Parker Young Artist in 2014 and was promoted to Company Dancer in 2015.
Moth in Liam Scarlett's A Midsummer Night's Dream
George Balanchine's Serenade
Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo & Juliet
Le Corsaire Pas de deux
Diane and Actéon Pas de Deux in Isabelle Ciaravola et ses solistes
Jiri Kylian’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Benjamin Millepied’s Plainspoken
Cupid in International Ballet Company’s (Tokyo) Don Quixote
Did you know?
Neneka lived in Paris for three years and in Madrid for one year.
Neneka can speak French, English and Japanese.
What's the best advice you've been given as a dancer?
"When you are in the studio, use 100% of your mind and body to listen to the corrections from teachers and improve yourself. But once you get on stage, let yourself go and don’t think too much, just be yourself. Let your heart open and enjoy giving everything that you've worked so hard for to the audience. This is the time where you can be free and share your emotions with your audience."
Words of wisdom from one of Neneka's ballet teachers when she studied in Paris: Claude de Vulpian, ballerina, teacher.