Jake Mangakahia was born on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. As soon as his parents discovered that their baby was bopping his little head to any music he heard, they put him into dance classes. At the age of ten Jake successfully auditioned for The Australian Ballet School; he left after a year to travel around Australia with his family. In 2007 Jake returned to the School and received an Award of Excellence and a Travelling Scholarship for the Overseas Exchange Program. He was also the School’s first school captain. Jake joined The Australian Ballet in 2011.
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Jake loves hip hop and can do the haka.