our teachers

  • Kyoko Arakaki (Kohl) RAD RTS
    Director

    A registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), was born and raised in Okinawa, Japan. She began learning classical ballet at the age of nine and also attended Okinawa Actors School and the Okinawa Talent Academy. Moving to California in 1993 she was introduced to RAD at the Emma Grace Academy of Dance and began to teach the intermediate through advanced levels. After moving to Chicago in 1995 Kyoko attended the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance and later that year she enrolled in the Chicago School of Ballet, a RAD school, to become a certified teaching member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Between 1996 and 1997 she taught the company class of Picture Us Different Dance Studio. In 1997 thru 2002, in the Chicago area, she tought and entered students for RAD examinations. In 2003 Kyoko returned to Okinawa to open Okinawa City Ballet School.
  • Minako Ikeda
    Lesson Pianist

    From Okinawa Prefecture, Minako graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts majoring in composition. She composes and arranges for orchestras as well as her own concerts. She teaches at Ryukyu University, Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts and World Mission Christian School. While attending the university she served as lesson pianist for Miyaki Ballet and played at seminars for the Japan Ballet Association. She has been playing at Okinawa City Ballet School since 2011 and serves as the pianist for the RAD graded examinations. Minako travels around Asia volunteering her time to perform for natural disaster fund raisers and the unfortunate.