Osaka, Japan

Dance Training

Miwa Horikawa Ballet Studio
Yoko Fukutani Ballet Studio
Houston Ballet Academy
Houston Ballet II

Year Joined



Soloist - 2022
Demi Soloist - 2019

Favorite Role

Pas de deux from Stanton Welch’s Sons de L'âme

Favorite Ballet

Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon 

A Defining Moment

Performing Justin Peck’s Reflections with Houston Ballet at New York City Center.


Aoi Fujiwara was born in Osaka, Japan.  She started classical ballet at the age of 3 at the Miwa Horikawa Ballet Studio in Japan.  Her training continued at Yoko Fukutani Ballet Studio and the Houston Ballet Academy.  She joined Houston Ballet II and danced from 2012-2014.  Fujiwara became an apprentice with the professional Company in 2014 and was a Corps de Ballet member from 2015-2019.  She was promoted to Demi Soloist in February 2019.  Fujiwara was promoted to Soloist in September 2022.

Fujiwara is featured in a variety of classic and contemporary ballet roles including Asaf Messerer’s Spring Waters Pas de Deux; Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker (Clara, Vivandere, Flurries and Lead Flowers)Welch’s Giselle, Swan Lake, Marie, Sylvia, La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, Play, Bolero Triptych, The Ladies, Sons de L’âme,; Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Florine, Fairy Charm, the White Cat and the Pas de Quatre); Ben Stevenson’s Coppélia and Don Quixote; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and The Cage; James Kudelka’s Passion; Edwaard Liang’s Murmuration; George Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Serenade; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling; Sir David Bintley’s The Tempest; Alexander Ekman’s Cacti and Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan (Wendy).

She has danced in tours of Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake in Dubai, UAE and Minneapolis, MN (2018) and Stanton Welch’s world premiere of Just at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA (2018).  Fujiwara performed in Justin Peck’s Reflections for the New York City Center tour in 2019 during Houston Ballet’s 50th anniversary season.


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