​Iori Araya


Eric Clauson; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Osterbrink; Mr. and Mrs. Simon R.C. Wadsworth

Iori Araya, a native of Japan, danced at Singapore Dance Theatre and New Jersey Ballet prior to joining Ballet Memphis in 2017. She has danced Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Serenade, Allegro Brillante, Divertimento #15, Stanton Welch’s Maninyas, Val Caniparoli’s Chant, Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence. She was a finalist at the 10th Asian Pacific International Competition, winning a scholarship to The Australian Ballet School where she was chosen to be a part of The Australian Ballet’s Dancers Company Tour. Her noted performances with Ballet Memphis include George Balanchine’s Square Dance and Matthew Neenan’s Water of the Flowery Mill.

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