Yuko Monden Juma graduated from the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2000, she performed Yosakoi dance. She received many awards as a K-one 動流夢 (Dream) member and performed in various Japanese TV shows. She also choreographed the song “F Marinos” for a performance starring over 500 people in the Yosakoi Festival, at the NISSAN Stadium. She began her career in New York City in 2011. She performed with groups Nimbus Dance Works, LEVYdance and more. In 2013 she moved to San Francisco, and has worked with The Anata Project, Copious Dance Theater, and CALI & CO dance and performed at TedxStanford and Bay Area Discovery Museum. She taught Dance Master of California as a guest teacher and also she taught at Sonoma State University. She is certified in both Simonson Method Technique and 200 hours Yoga Teacher.
“I have been working with AXIS for over 4 years as a dancer. I have matured both as a dancer and in my personal life through various wonderful experiences with AXIS. Now I am excited that my role will shift from dancer to rehearsal director. Also, on the personal side, my husband and I are excited to welcome our first baby boy in Spring 2022. Looking forward, I hope that I can use all of my experiences as a dancer to support other dancers and the AXIS team to continue to grow together.”