2018April-Wolf3449-3Yuko Hata was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Hata started rhythmic gymnastics at age 10 and began dance at 15 years old. She graduated from the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, studying modern, classic ballet, jazz and tap. She also studied Graham and Horton technique for more than 10 years. After graduation, she joined the Shiki Theatre Company in Tokyo, Japan where she performed in over 300 Broadway musicals of The Lion King from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, she began training aerial tissu at the Aerial Art Dance Project in Japan for four years and then moved to San Francisco to further pursue aerial tissu in the professional aerial program at Circus Center. She auditioned for Cirque du Soleil in 2010 and made it through the last 10 peoples. After graduating from Circus Center she refocused on dance in 2010. In 2011, she worked with Labayen Dance/SF and joined Copious Dance Theater in 2013. She began her contortion training in 2014 under Serchmaa Byamba. In the same year, Hata interviewed as a dancer for House of Dancing Water in Macau. Since then, she’s performed with Capacitor, Acrobatic Conundrum, Circus Automatic and Witchtech as dancer, contortionist, hand balancer and aerialist. Find her in the artist database in 2017 Cirque Eloize.




  • 2014 – present, Contortion
    Mongolian Contortion Center, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009 – present, Dance (Horton Technique, Ballet, Jazz)
    Alonzo King Lines Ballet Dance Center
  • 2009 – 2010, Professional Aerial Training​ ​Program
    Circus Center, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007, Hatha Yoga
    Yoga College, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2003 – 2006, Musical Theatre
    Shiki​ T​heatre​ C​ompany, Tokyo,​ Japan
  • 1999 – 2003, B.A. in Dance / Physical Education
    Japan Women’s College of Physical Education, Tokyo, Japan


  • 2019, Kintsukuroi, WitchTech, San Francisco
    dancer / partner acrobat / hand balancer
  • 2018, The Fig Tree Waltzes, Acrobatic Conundrum, San Francisco
    dancer / hand balancer
  • 2018, Left to Her Own Devices, Capacitor, San Francisco
    dancer / contortionist / aerialist
  • 2017, Hamburger Cat Cabaret, San Francisco
    dancer / contortionist / aerialist​ – Circus Automatic
  • 2015, The Conference of the Birds, San Francisco
    contortion soloist / dancer – Copious Dance Theater
  • 2015, Sirens, San Francisco, CA (video)
    contortionist – Mongolian Contortion Center
  • 2013, Labayen SF Dance 18th Anniversary Season, San Francisco
    dancer/aerial soloist – Labayen SF
  • 2012, A Question in Spiral Form, San Francisco
    dancer/aerial soloist – Labayen SF
  • 2012, Secret’s Lament
    dancer – Copious​ ​Dance​ ​Theater
  • 2003 – 2006, The Lion King, Tokyo, Japan
    dancer – Shiki Theatre Company

Choreographers and Directors
Kat Roman, Copious Dance Theater
Anna Reeb, Earth Circus Production
Kristen Sparks, Circosphere USA
Gregangelo Herrera, Velocity Circus/Arts & Entertainment
Enrico Labayen, Labayen SF
Wayne Huey, Red Panda Acrobats
Serchmaa Byamba, Mongolian Contortion Center
Chloe “Marvel Light” Axelrod
Elena Panova

Teaching Certificates
Physical Education, Japan Women’s College of Physical Education

Special​ S​kills
Aerial​ ​tissu ​and​ choreography, contortion, hand-balancing, basic acrobatics


Yuko Hata
San Francisco, CA