Nina Yoshida was born in New York City and began her ballet training at the New Jersey School of Ballet at the age of 11. After attending the 2013 summer program at Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York City, she was invited to study in their professional training program. Upon graduation in 2015, she joined the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Studio Company. During her time as a company dancer with Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, her leading roles included Marie/Sugar Plum (Nutcracker), Who in Stealing Time, Lead Bacchanal (Walpurgisnacht), Eternal Spring Pas de Deux from Leonid Yakobson’s Rodin, and Maria in Calvary Halt. In addition, Nina was a guest artist with Benjamin Briones Ballet, a contemporary ballet company in New York City, and with New Jersey Ballet during their 2017 Nutcracker season. Nina joined American Repertory Ballet in 2018 and is excited to begin her first year as a company apprentice. During her time here, she has performed many soloist and leading roles. Her repertoire includes Dewdrop, Marzipan lead, Spanish lead, and Chinese lead in The Nutcracker, Zulma from Giselle, Cupid from Coppelia, and Monica in Mary Barton’s Scarlet Sonata. She is also pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance at Saint Mary’s College of California’s LEAP (liberal education for arts professionals) Program, and is a RYT200 certified yoga instructor.