The Dancers

Ema Takahashi

Ema Takahashi RNZB Foundation Scholar Ema Takahashi. Photo by Stephen A’Court.

Ema Takahashi was born in Japan and moved to New Zealand at the age of three, starting dancing in Christchurch the same year. She began full time training through Convergence Dance Studio’s ‘Aspire’ programme in 2020 before being accepted into the New Zealand Youth Ballet Company in 2021 and 2022. Her tutors at New Zealand Youth Ballet included former RNZB Principal Abigail Boyle. In 2022 she was awarded her RAD Solo Seal and was also runner up in the National Young Performer Awards. She was a member of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s National Mentor Programme in 2021 and 2022. Ema performed with the RNZB as a guest for Cinderella and Venus Rising in 2022 and now joins the company as the Royal New Zealand Ballet Foundation Scholar for 2023.