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Yukino McHugh aka KINO Grew up in Japan then moved to Australia at the age of 8. She gained most of her training in Australia studying styles - Contemporary,Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap. Kino identifies her self as a Performing Artist specialising in - Movement and Choreography.


Kino's journey began when her career first took off straight after completing her training at 19 years of Age when she featured on the show -

So You Think You Can Dance as one of the top 20 contestants and the last standing female Hip Hop Dancer on the show.

Soon after Kino worked as a professional dancer for various Artists such as - Paula Abdul, Ellie Goulding, Robbin Williams, Aston Merrygold, Jason Derulo, Robyn, and Ru Paul on platforms like The X factor in both Australia and the U.K.

Durning her time in the U.K. Kino danced on the West End in London for award winning shows -  "Some Like It Hip Hop" and 

"Message In A Bottle" which was choreographed by Kate Prince (Zoo Nation) supported by Sadler's Wells and Universal Music. 

Kino had the opportunity to work with Franko Dragone when he directed the show “Casse Noisette"

choreographed by Giuliano Peparini in Belgium, Aad danced with the Company - "Karul Projects" in the Commonwealth Games

and [MIS] Conceive in Canada with the company.

While Kino continued to work as a professional dancer, she also gained recognition through her own works through her Choreography and Directing. Her past clients for Choreography and collaborations include - Sony Music, Adidas, Red Bull, K -Mart, Vicks,

MTV, Air BNB and many more.

 Kino's unique style enabled her to travel internationally through her crafts, and in 2019 Kino was crowned the winner of the Juste Debout battle - Battle Opera in London and represented the U.K. at Palais Garnier in Paris in the world finals.

Kino has a huge passion for Teaching which enables her to travel expressing her quirky movements and unique vision around the globe.Kino has now taught all over the world in countries - Russia, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Denmark, Ireland, England, Czech Republic, Poland Japan and Australia.

Kino's style evolved over time and became well identified by the unique fusion of Contemporary, Hip Hop and her traditional Japanese dance "Nihon buyo."

Kino has created her own movement genre and she is ambitious to keep sharing her visions through performances and collaborations.

 Both of her Big projects - " Carry" By sietta and her latest work - "Ocean" by Wallis Bird which she choreographed and featured as the main character for have won and received nominations for numerous awards in film festivals globally.

She was invited to attend the showings at the Chinese Theatre in - Hollywood U.S.A and London, U.K. for ”Best Film" and "Best Music Video"

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