Nao Ota was born in Aichi, Japan. She started her ballet training at age 4, at Dance Space. In 2013, Nao received a scholarship for a short term study with Dominique Khalfouni, in France. She has competed in many ballet competitions and won 1st prize (2016) and 3rd prize(2015) in the IBC Japan Grand Prix, 1st prize (2015) at the All Japan Ballet Competition, and 1st prize (2016) at The Ballet Competition. This is Nao’s second season with Tulsa Ballet II.