Nicole Ishimaru trained under Dmitri Kulev at the Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy, and performed with the Orange County Ballet Theatre in multiple works by George Balanchine. At age 14, Ishimaru performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as a grand-prize winner through The Music Center’s Spotlight program, and in 2015 she received the National YoungArts Foundation’s Gold Award. Her performance career includes the Lincoln Center premiere and Montréal tour of Pearl, directed by Daniel Ezralow; Hollow Suit, directed and choreographed by Travis Wall; and Firebird with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of Westside Dance Project under the mentorship of Jessie Riley. Ishimaru joined Hubbard Street 2 as a full company member in August 2016.
Home Town: Chino Hills CA