Indiana Coté was born in South Bend, Indiana. She began dancing with Southold Dance Theater in South Bend under the direction of former Joffrey Academy Artistic Director Alexei Kremnev. Additional early training included ABT, New York City and with Michael Vernon, Chair of the Ballet Dept. at IU Bloomington.
Beginning in 2010 at age 12, Indiana began competing internationally in Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) where she won various awards including multiple invitations to compete in the NYC Finals. At the 2012 YAGP, she was awarded an Interlochen Center for the Arts scholarship. In 2014, after placing 1st with the Bluebird Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty, she was the only ballerina in the world invited to compete in all 4 categories of YAGP Finals (Classical & Contemporary Solo, Pas de Deux & Ensemble), which included dancing on stage at Lincoln Center.
At age 17, Indiana was invited to attend the Margaret Barberi Conservatory in Sarasota, FL. There she worked through the ranks of Sarasota Ballet, becoming the youngest member of the Corps de Ballet.
While at Sarasota, Indiana was able to be coached by legends of the ballet world and perform many classic ballets. Favorites include Nureyev’s Raymonda Act III with Laurent Hilare, and The Dream with Christopher Carr, guidance by Sir Antony Dowell.
Over her career, Indiana has developed a special love for George Balanchine’s works, performing in Jewels, Stars & Stripes, Valse Fantaisie, Theme & Variations, Bugaku, Serenade, The Four Temperaments and Raymonda Variations. She is thrilled to be back home in Indiana furthering her Balanchine repertoire as a Company Dancer with Indianapolis Ballet!
Note: Indiana is currently taking a leave of absence from Indianapolis Ballet for the 2020/21 Season.