Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yuko Katsumi began her ballet training in Berlin, Germany. She continued training in Japan and Zimbabwe (where she received Honors in her Advanced Cecchetti examination), after which she went to London and graduated from the Royal Ballet School. She danced professionally with the Matsuyama Ballet in Tokyo, Tampa Ballet, and Colorado Ballet where she was a principal dancer. Katsumi has danced all of the major classical roles. Since she finished dancing professionally, Ms. Katsumi has taught extensively around the Bay Area, Japan, and Taiwan; in 2012 she joined the SF Ballet School faculty.