Yasmine Oiknine was born in Casablanca, where she began her ballet training at the National Conservatory, the Ballet Theatre Zinoun. She completed her training by summer school, in Cannes France, at the Rosella Hightower Dance Center. At age 17, she moved to Paris and entered the Institute of Choreographic Art (IPAC) where she studied classical ballet with prestigious teachers such as Andrej Glegolski and Roberto Bestonso, Jazz with Matt Mattox, Modern with Tony Pierce and Flamenco with Lina Sottomayor. She obtained her certification from the French dance federation, a teaching diploma from IPAC, and the State Diploma of dance teaching issued by the French government. She joined the Rick O’Dums jazz dance company in 1990 and toured internationally. She also performed in numerous variety TV shows, movies, and music videos. She’s been teaching and choreographing for the past 30 years in France, Luxembourg, Boston, and the Bay Area. She is very passionate about teaching Pre-Ballet and developing skills ballet dancers need through creative movement, as well as musicality, ballet etiquette, the foundation of ballet technique, and the love for dance.