Adji Cissoko grew up in Munich, Germany where she trained at Ballet Academy Munich. Cissoko attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City on full scholarship, before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons' Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada. Cissoko joined LINES Ballet in 2014.
I truly believe that me being a dancer is no coincidence. As Martha Graham put it, "I did not choose: I was chosen to be a dancer."
I started dancing before I could even stand, as my mom likes to tell me. I grew up in Munich, where my dad used to give concerts on the weekends playing a Senegalese stringed instrument called the kora. Whenever he practiced at home, I started rocking back and forth, enjoying the rhythm.
Video footage courtesy of Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Once I was introduced to the world of ballet, there was no stopping me. Most of my teachers were strict Russian Vaganova teachers. My parents questioned why on earth I wanted to spend all my free time being yelled at, but I didn't see it that way.