Originally from Japan, Rika Okamoto came to New York in 1989 and began training with Martha Graham. Okamoto first danced with Twyla Tharp in 1993 as a principal dancer in Tharp’s work “Demeter and Persephone,” made for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Currently Okamoto teaches Tharp’s Technique Class and Repertoires. She also dances for Tharp and assists in the development of Tharp education programs. She has been a guest teacher at many colleges and institutions worldwide.