Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yuko began her ballet training in Berlin. She continued training in Japan and Zimbabwe, where she received Honors in her Advanced Cecchetti examination. She then went on to graduate from The Royal Ballet School. Yuko has danced all of the major classical roles and has performed with the Matsuyama Ballet in Tokyo, Tampa Ballet, and Colorado Ballet where she was a principal dancer. Since leaving the stage, Yuko has taught extensively in the Bay Area, Japan, and Taiwan. She joined the SF Ballet School faculty in 2012.