Rika Okamoto


Rika Okamoto started practicing yoga in 1995 and has been studying mindful meditation and the philosophy since 2001. She has studied many different styles of yoga including Ashtanga (mysore style), Vinyasa, and Hatha, and Restorative Yoga and holds a Yoga Alliance 500 hour Advance Teacher Certification. She has been teaching and staging dance at many universities and institutions worldwide since 1994.
Her dance credits include working with Martha Graham Dance Company (1992-1999), Twyla Tharp (1993, 2001-2017), the original cast of the Broadway musical Movin’ Out (2002-2005),Tarzan (2006-2007) and Come Fly Away (2010), and the film Across The Universe (2007) directed by Julie Taymor. During her performing tenure, Rika was also Twyla Tharp’s assistant, a ballet master as well as the director of education, administrator and archivist for the Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation. She is currently pursuing Master in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, and completion is anticipated in summer 2020.


Contact the School of Dance Office at or by calling 212-362-6710, ext. 72.

Rika Okamoto, Yoga

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