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Yoko 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.

An accomplished 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.