Mayuko Shoka

Mayuko S.

Pasadena, CA
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Mayuko delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+

Teaching since:
2017

Mayuko Shoka was born and raised in Gifu, Japan, where she started ballet training at Ballet studio K&M at age of 7 under Kazuko and Zlatko Mikulic. The main ballet style practiced was the Vaganova.
At the age of 17, she moved to England to attend The Arts Educational School. Here she mostly practiced RAD ballet method and Cecchetti ballet technique and she got a Cecchetti teaching certificate. She also had exposure to tap, jazz, contemporary and modern dance forms while she was there.
After a year, she moved to New York to continue her training at Joffrey Ballet School.At the age of 20, she was accepted to Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble under the director Arthur Mitchell, where she performed many principal roles in such as Joplin Dancers, New Bach, Concerto In F, South African Suite, Le Corsair, Nutcracker, and Glinka, among others. While she was there, she toured all over the United States and overseas such as Bahamas and Jamaica.
After moving to Seattle she became certified Yoga teacher by CorePower Yoga.
While there, she taught Ballet and Yoga at Vam Studios School of Dance and took tap classes from Mark Mendonca to deepen the tap education.
She recently moved to LA and she is very excited to join TakeLessons to share her passion for ballet and all of the knowledge she learned in her career.
I believe that I am good at teaching young children, teenagers and also adults.
When I was dancing professionally I was so focused on the techniques that I forgot how fun is and how much I loved dancing. Then after my career, I was able to approach dance from a more relaxed and fun-driven perspective and it made me realize that everybody should be having fun dancing, especially if not dancing professionally. Also, when I started dancing as a kid, I didn’t have “the ballerina body” (e.g. not flexible enough, closed hips, no adequate feet) so ballet did not come natural for me. I always had to work so much harder than the other girls in the studio to achieve the same results. Thanks to my hard work, the shape of my legs changed completely after many years. This struggle, to get a better dancer, taught me how hard ballet could be and made me understand more about the details of techniques and the steps necessary to perfectionate them. I am happy to share all the knowledge accumulated over the years to allow my students to improve their skills while still having fun.

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Experience

Ballet teacher
Aug 2018 - Present
Ballet Kukan academy

I teach pre-ballet (3 year olds) to advance level (17 year olds) including point work.

Ballet/Yoga teacher
Feb 2017 - Apr 2018
Vam Studios School of Dance

I taught beginner to advance ballet including point work and private classes in preparation for gymnastics competitions resulting in gold medal awards.
Also taught adult yoga class as well as kids yoga in the Summer camp.

I recently went back to teach in a Summer camp.

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Professional Ballerina
Sep 2006 - Jun 2012
Dance Theatre of Harlem

Studied under Arthur Mitchell, Virginia Johnson, Robert Garland, Keith Sanders, Michelle Lucci and more
Performed many principal roles in pieces such as Joplin Dancers, New Bach, Concerto in F, South African Suite, Le Corsair, Nutcracker and Glinka among others.
Toured all over the United States and overseas (such as Bahamas and Jamaica)

Participated to a Jeopardy TV show as a Dancer
Posed in O Magazine with Tina Knowles (Beyonce’s mother)

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Education

Ballet / Character dance
Apr 1993 - Present
Ballet Studio K&M
Dance
Sep 2004 - Jun 2006
Joffrey Ballet School
Dance
Sep 2002 - Jun 2003
Arts Educational School

Languages

English, Japanese
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

200-RYT Yoga
Apr 2016
CorePower Yoga

It is 200hour vinyasa yoga certification.
Vinyasa is breath with movement. It gives time to step away from your busy life and focus on yourself inside out.
It is a great workout and also perfect time to stretch out your body where you usually do not stretch in a regular life style.
I want my students to know that yoga isn’t about how you look but rather how you feel. Yoga is about progress, not perfect. I want to share with you how beautiful, powerful and fun yoga is and make our lives brighter!

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Chris Sep 17, 2018
Yoga · In studio

I did yoga regularly with Mayuko when she lived in Seattle and it was an incredible experience. She's one of the best teachers I've ever had, just really sweet, fun, and knowledgeable. I knew very little about yoga, and I'm hardly fit or flexible, but I was able to learn so much from her!

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Mi Young Sep 14, 2018
Ballet · In studio

We hired Ms. Mayuko to supplement my daughter’s rhythmic gymnastics training. Ms. Mayuko delivered rigorous ballet lessons in sequence to help build my daughter’s foundation in classical ballet, but to also improve her ability to accomplish a strict code of points for competition in rhythmic gymnastics. With Ms. Mayuko’s program, my daughter achieved her split leaps, extension, and turns in less than 6 months. My daughter was able to get the all-around gold title for her state and region, in large part to Ms. Mayuko’s training. She is strict and her lessons are rigorous, yet her genuine love for working with children is imminent and is what kept my daughter’s motivation for ballet and gym going. I recommend Ms. Mayuko to the highest degree.

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