Kyoko Ruch is a dancer, choreographer and teacher in the DC area. She has performed with Richmond Ballet, Von Howard Project, Helen Simoneau Danse, Company Danzante, Priore Dance, Gin Dance, Company E and I.C. Movement Project.
Kyoko began her early dance training at the Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon, Virginia under the direction of Cynthia Donovan. She pioneered in the Virginia Commonwealth University/Richmond Ballet trainee joint program and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography with a concentration in performance.
She has worked with many renowned choreographers such as Lidia Wos, Joshua L. Peugh, Helen Simoneau, Stefanie Batten Bland, Malcolm Burn, Christian Von Howard and William Soleau. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and has toured overseas to Russia, Cuba, Israel and Azerbaijan with Company E on a mission of cultural diplomacy.
Kyoko began her choreographic endeavors upon graduation from VCU while still pursuing her performing career. Her work has been performed in choreographic showcases and festivals in the DC/Virginia region. In her first international tour with KyokoDansu she performed her work, "Alyce/Donna" in the Dance Stages Shanghai Contemporary Dance Festival 2016.
She was a recipient of the 2016-2017 Dance Metro DC Choreographers' Commission to create the work, "Girl on Girl", a work demonstrating how patriarchal society has shaped how women behave towards each other and how society has continually created expectations for women to be objectified.
Kyoko's mission as a choreographer is to create work that represents unheard voices to contribute to the conversation of equality.