Zaji CoxPolaris Dance Company Trainee
A competitive gymnast from ages seven to fourteen, Zaji Cox began dancing when she was fifteen, enrolling in the adult Absolute Beginning Ballet workshop at the Oregon Ballet Theatre. She began seriously pursuing dance at age seventeen at the Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center in Portland, taking classes ranging from ballet and tap to contemporary and hip hop. Able to dance in pointe shoes a few months later, Zaji performed as a soloist in The Nut That Cracked and as the lead role in the Coppélia ballet. Having a bellydancer and personal trainer for an older sister contributed greatly to Zaji’s growth as a dancer and athlete. The two sisters worked together several times to choreograph and perform fusion pieces including bellydance and ballet, which they continue to do today. After moving with her family to Albuquerque in 2012, Zaji trained in the academy of the Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico while performing with the New Mexico Ballet Company for three years in productions like The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, and Spartacus. She then moved to Texas to study English and dance at the University of Houston and has now returned to Portland, very excited to dance with Polaris.