Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nathalia Arja was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she began taking dance classes at the age of five at Escola de Danca Alice Arja. At 14, she began dancing with the Compania de Ballet do Rio de Janeiro. During her year with the company in Brazil, Arja also competed in and won several dance competitions where she was offered a scholarship for El Teatro Colón, El Ballet de Santiago, Joffrey Ballet School and Canada’s National Ballet School.
At 15, she received a full scholarship to attend Miami City Ballet School where she trained for three years. She joined Miami City Ballet as a school apprentice in 2009 and was promoted to member of the corps de ballet in 2011. She was promoted to soloist in 2014.
Roles since joining MCB
Sir Frederick Ashton
Ballo della Regina
Diana and Actaeon
Divertimento No. 15
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ (Sugar Plum, Dew Drop)
Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
Dances at a Gathering
In the Upper Room
Nine Sinatra Songs
Don Quixote, Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky (Kitri)
Giselle, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Arja has originated roles in Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances and Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic.