I come from a white highbrow contemporary dance background. I came to that through music, which I was taught in a Japanese style from a really young age, through English Ballet, and Western classical music to British contemporary dance, and eventually British live art. From there, I went and trained at PARTS in Brussels for a short term bridging project for professionals, and then bandied around on workshops and in companies in the central European scene of the late 90s, till about 2004. Then I returned to the UK and founded a non profit community dance project called Streetsoul (www.streetsoul.org). Its an urban dance project for young women and girls. I led it for five years, before coming to San Francisco.