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KJ Takahashi was born in Dallas, Texas, and began his ballet training at age 8 at Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle. In 2014, he studied ballet at Mejia Ballet International under the direction of Paul Mejia and in 2015, he began training at Ballet Tech under the direction of Elliot Feld. He entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, in 2016, and received additional training at summer courses at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Mr. Takahashi was named an apprentice with NYCB in 2019 and as an apprentice, performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Candy Cane, Tea) and Lauren Lovette’s The Shaded Line. 

Mr. Takahashi joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2021 and was promoted to soloist in April 2023.

Portrait © Erin Baiano

George Balanchine

  • Bourrée Fantasque
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels 
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Soldier)

Peter Martins

  • The Sleeping Beauty (Jesters, Bluebird)

Justin Peck

  • Copland Dance Episodes
  • Partita
  • Pulcinella Variations
  • Scherzo Fantastique
  • The Times Are Racing

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Concerto DSCH
  • Namouna, A Grand Divertissement

Jerome Robbins

  • The Four Seasons

Kyle Abraham

  • When We Fell

Sidra Bell


Keerati Jinakunwiphat

  • Fortuitous Ash

Gianna Reisen

  • Play Time

Alysa Pires

  • Standard Deviation


Mr. Takahashi is the 2022-2023 Janice Levin Award honoree.