Akira Iida is from Osaka, Japan. He studied at Cladimir Kaminski Ballet in Osaka. Akira was awarded full scholarship to study at Washington School of Ballet. Akira placed in the top 10 in the NBA Osaka Competition, he was a finalist several times in the YAGP as well as the Nara and Kobe Competitions. Akira won the Governor’s Award at Nara Competition. Akira comes from the Washington Ballet for his first season with Columbia Classical Ballet.