was born in Tokyo and began studying dance at the age of four when she
began learning Fujima (traditional Japanese dancing). Yoko went on to
study classical ballet under Sakiko Hirose of the Tokyo Ballet, Madame
Messers of the Bolshoi Ballet and Ray Tobias of the New York City Ballet.
She also studied jazz under the tutelage of Rod Alexander. She was Prima
Ballerina and soloist for the Hirose Ballet Company and Tokyo
Ballet Theatre in such standards as Swan Lake and Don Quixote.
She danced Carmen with the Opera de Paris in France. She
was on Japanese TV as a featured dancer and she has appeared in many movies,
television series and commercials in the United States. As a member of
the Screen Actors Guild, she was in the movie M.A.S.H., The
Towering Inferno, Streets of San Francisco, Mission Impossible,
plus Dr. Pepper, VISA, and Miss Clairol commercials
to name a few. She has been featured as a fashion model in shows and magazines,
including Women's Day.
choreographer, she has choreographed musicals such as Once Upon A Mattress,
Little Miss Sunshine, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, An
Evening With Rodgers and Hammerstein, Peter Pan and travelled
to Japan with some of them. In 1993, she was appointed by the Governor
of Saitama Prefecture to be Cultural Ambassador to the World. She represents
ninety-two cities and over 6.5 million people. Yoko established her own
studio in 1995 and earned the title of The Best Studio in the West
her very first year. Yoko is an internationally acclaimed master teacher,
choreographer and competition judge.