Ballet Idaho Company Dancer
Annika is originally from San Diego, California where she trained under Taeko Nishino, artistic director of Chula Vista Ballet. At the age of 12 Annika moved to Washington D.C. to train at Kirov Academy of Ballet under scholarship from 2011-2013. In 2013 Annika joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School’s Full-Time High School program with School Directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall. She then joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School’s Graduate program for the 2016/2017 school year. Annika has attended summer programs under scholarship at Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington D.C., Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, and The HARID Conservatory. She has also competed at Japan Grand Prix International Ballet Competition in 2014, 2015, and 2016. At Japan Grand Prix in 2015 she was a scholarship recipient for the Alvin Ailey School’s summer program, and she was also a competition finalist in 2016.
As a student she performed as Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile from Swan Lake, Swanhilda from Coppelia, and the Lead Woman in Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School’s Tarantella. Roles she has performed with Ballet Idaho include Pas de Trois from Swan Lake, Corp de Ballet in Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Third Duet from Alejandro Cerrudo’s Lickety Split, and Spring Fairy in Edwaard Liang’s Cinderella.
This is Annika’s fifth season with Ballet Idaho.
Generously sponsored for the 2021.22 season by Stefanie Fry.