Yuka Iwai



Yuka Iwai joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2017.


Ms. Iwai was born and raised in Japan. She received her early training at the Reiko Koyanagi Ballet Studio under the direction of Reiko Koyanagi. In 2014, she joined the Trainee Program at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet. She was then invited to join the Joffrey Studio Company.


While in the school, Ms. Iwai performed in many ballets including George Balanchine’s Serenade, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations, Gerald Arpino’s Suite Saint-Saens and Viva Vivaldi. She also performed with the main company in productions such as John Neumeier’s Sylvia, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, and Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker.


Ms. Iwai competed in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in 2015 and 2016 where she received 1st prize in Chicago and was invited to compete in the YAGP Finals Competition in New York City. She went on to place in the Top 12 at the 2016 YAGP Finals.