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Nathalia Arja


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 and principal soloist in 2016. In March 2020 Nathalia was promoted to Principal.


Arja was a Miami City Ballet School Alumnus.

Roles since joining MCB

Richard Alston

Sir Frederick Ashton
Les Patineurs

George Balanchine
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena, Lead Butterfly)
Ballet Imperial
Ballo della Regina
Bourrée Fantasque
Diana and Actaeon
Divertimento No. 15
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop)
Jewels (Rubies and Emeralds)
La Sonnambula
La Valse
Raymonda Variations
Scotch Symphony
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Square Dance
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Swan Lake
Symphony in C
Symphony in Three Movements
The Four Temperaments
Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
Western Symphony
Who Cares?

George Balanchine/Jerome Robbins

John Cranko
Romeo and Juliet

Nacho Duato
Jardí Tacat

William Forsythe
Herman Scherman

Alonzo King
Following the Subtle Current Upstream

Pontus Lidberg

Peter Martins
Barber Violin Concerto

Justin Peck
Year of the Rabbit

Alexei Ratmansky
Concerto DSCH
Symphonic Dances

Jerome Robbins
Antique Epigraphs
Dances at a Gathering
West Side Story Suite (Anita)

Jamar Roberts
Sea Change

Liam Scarlett

Claudia Schreier
The Source

Paul Taylor
Company B
Mercuric Tidings
Piazzolla Caldera
Promethean Fire

Twyla Tharp
In the Upper Room (Stompers)
Nine Sinatra Songs

Christopher Wheeldon

Durante Verzola

Classical Repertoire
Coppélia, Arthur Saint-Léon
Don Quixote, Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky (Kitri)
Giselle, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Arja has originated roles in Pontus Lidberg's Petrichor, Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances, Jamar Robert's Sea Change, Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic, Claudia Schreier's The Source, and Durante Verzola's Sentimiento.