Koine Iwasaki is a Japanese-American dancer who is famous for starring on the reality television series So You Think You Can Dance. She is a talented and versatile dancer trained in several styles including hip-hop, ballroom, ballet, contemporary, and jazz. She enjoys expressing her feelings and other important ideas through performance and is grateful that she gets to explore the craft in a myriad of ways.
Her dancing has been praised for its originality and the natural passion that she always seems to radiate with her moves and choreography. Koine has been featured in several music videos by well-known artists in the entertainment industry and has also been booked to perform at prestigious events such as the Grammy’s and New Year’s Eve in Time Square.
When she is not bringing down the room with her dance moves, Koine works as a dance teacher with several programs and institutes across the nation. She has worked with many influential and gifted choreographers who have helped impact and refine her skills like Val Chmerkovskiy, Stacey Tookey, Peta Murgatroyd, Maks Chmerkovskiy, and Marko Germar, amongst others. Koine’s electric on-stage presence combined with her ability to weave emotion and striking artistry through every performance no matter what lyrical number she is working with has made her one of the most beloved dancers in the industry.
Koine Iwasaki’s Biography
Koine Iwasaki was born in Japan on June 26, 1997. Her family moved from her home country to Florida when she was only two years old. The language and cultural barrier was a lot for her and her older brother to acclimatize to, so their mother suggested that they pick up a hobby that didn’t require much speaking and they eventually settled on dancing. Since then, Koine has spent practically every day of her life engaged in some type of dance. After finishing high school, she attended the Somerset Academy Arts Conservatory. She has been training since she was a little girl and she grew to genuinely love dancing and aspired to build a career in it.
From the moment she began watching So You Think You Can Dance when she was 8, Koine nursed a strong desire to appear on the show. She spent her time training and waiting for the moment when she was old enough to be on the show. Her dreams came through when she auditioned at 19, wowing the judges with her abilities and making it into the house as part of the cast for the series. She starred in season 14 of the series and quickly became a fan favorite on the show. Unfortunately, Koine didn’t win, but she came in second place behind Lex Ishimoto.
The series helped to build her popularity and fame in the mainstream entertainment industry. Koine Iwasaki has gone on to perform as a backup dancer for the famous artist Maluma. She has also worked as a teacher with the Starmaker Dance Company, training other dancers. Additionally, she has worked with the KreativeMindz Dance Academy as well as a bunch of other schools where she trains people in the art of dance and performance that she has mastered so well. Koine has also been working on personal projects that are dear to her heart and creating dance videos that she uploads on her social media pages in order to grow her reach and create showcase her talent.
Quick Facts About Koine Iwasaki
1. She is in a relationship with a fellow dancer
Koine Iwasaki has been dating the dancer and television personality Kiki Nyemchek, who has appeared on Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance since 2017. Although they are yet to reveal how and when their paths first crossed, the couple is genuinely in love with each other. Their relationship is even more beautiful because they both love the same things and they can collaborate professionally while getting to know themselves better every day.
2. Koine has big dreams for her career
The exceptional dancer has said that she would consider it the honor of a lifetime to dance for artists like Beyonce and Sam Smith sometime in the future.
3. The television star has an average height
While her personality seems to fill up screens and any room she walks into, Koine Iwasaki is a petite woman who is only 5 feet 3 inches tall. She has a splendid body to back up her height and she is always in shape thanks to her dance training.
4. She finds it funny when people keep mispronouncing her name
One of the highlights of season 14 of So You Think You Can Dance was watching the judges, as well as her fellow stars, butcher Koine’s name while attempting to pronounce it. While most people would have been offended by this, she found it to be hilarious and grew to love it. People make mistakes saying her name almost always and she no longer lets it worry her.
5. Koine Iwasaki is very active on social media
The reality TV star and dancer have built a massive following on social media. She has over 76,000 followers on Instagram alone.