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Ayana Yonesaka-Ruiz

Director / Instructor


Ayana Yonesaka-Ruiz, director of ayanadancearts, is a dance educator, performer, and choreographer. Prior to her recent relocation to Sapporo, she spent thirteen years in San Francisco, California, pursuing her profession in dance. During this time, Ayana found tremendous joy in dance education, particularly for young children. She is thrilled to bring the San Francisco dance experience to her hometown.



B.A. Dance, Summa cum laude, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Teaching Experience

2018- 2020

Contemporary Instructor, Mercy High School, San Francisco, CA

2018- 2020

Creative Ballet Instructor, ODC Youth & Teen Program, San Francisco, CA

2016– 2022

Contemporary Instructor, RoCo Dance & Fitness, Mill Valley, CA

2013– 2022

Ballet Instructor, San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy, San Francisco, CA

2013– 2020

Part-time Creative Dance Teacher, Ark of Hope Preschool, San Francisco, CA 

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