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Yurino Niyama

Yurino Niyama is a ballet, contemporary, jazz dancer and choreographer from Fukuoka, Japan. She started Vaganova method ballet at the age of 3 at Star Angel Ballet School in Japan. At the age of 14, she trained ballet at Alberta Ballet School and Victoria International Ballet Academy(aka VIBA) with Victoria Mironova in Canada. The performance by VIBA, she was selected as a soloist in every show, honored in the 1st place for the year examination, and honored with a scholarship for a year. After she graduated from high school in Japan, she entered Santa Monica College majoring in dance in 2018 and was selected as a dancer for the American College Dance Association2019 and 2020. She was listed on the dean's honors list, and honored with The Simon Trust Scholarship for Dance. After she graduated from SMC, she transferred to University of California Irvine majoring in Dance in 2021. She has performed a piece choreographed by Vitor Luiz and performed as a soloist in restaged Paquita by Professional Wang, Tong in the faculty members’ show called Dance Vision, and undergraduates’ show Physical Graffiti, and graduates’ show Dance Escape. While she is exploring the dance at UCI, she was selected as a guest dancer for Professor Jae Lee’s piece in Synapse Contemporary Dance Theater in 2022. She graduated with a BFA Performance degree at UCI in 2023.She is now working as a ballet teacher, and a performer with Anaheim Ballet, Pacific Ballet Dance Theater, and Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble.