Yuka Kawazu was born in Kanagawa, Japan. Throughout the United States, she has performed as corps, soloist, and principal with ballet and theater companies, culminating as the ballet-mistress for Staten Island Ballet. She has been teaching at Broadway Dance Center, New Dance Group, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, and Burklyn Ballet Theater. She is also a guest professor at Showa Music Academia in Japan. Her teaching experience includes New Jersey Dance Theater Project and New Dance Group, where her most recent compositions have been performed.