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Junna Ige joined Silicon Valley Ballet (then known as Ballet San Jose) in 2008. Her roles have included Marie in Karen Gabay's The Nutcracker, Maria in Dennis Nahat's The Nutcracker, Swanilda's friend in Coppélia, Donald Mahler's Salut d'Amour, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, "My One and Only" in Balanchine's Who Cares?, the Principal Dancer in Allegro Brillante, Kitri in Wes Chapman's staging of Don Quixote, Waltz Girl in George Balanchine's Serenade, as well as roles in Dwight Rhoden's Evermore, Jorma Elo's Glow-Stop, Vicente Nebrada's Nuestros Valses, and Igal Perry's Infinity.
Ms. Ige began her ballet training at Ecole Yokohama and later joined Japan Junior Ballet and Asami Maki School in Japan. In 2004, she received a scholarship from the Japanese government to train abroad for two years at the Hamburg Ballet School and performed La Fille Mal Gardee, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty with Hamburg Ballet.
In addition, she studied at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Akademie Des Tanzes from 2006 to 2007. During the season, she received a scholarship and performed Les Sylphides, Temple Tanzerin, and Romeo and Juliet with Badisches Staatcheatler Karlsruhe.
In the summer of 2007, she danced Concert Barocco, Les Sylphides, and Paella for "Dancing 4 AIDS Orphans" in Yokohama and was a finalist of the 2010 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.
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