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about.

Teruko is an actor, dancer, singer, writer, sculptor and your biggest cheerleader on earth. She will cheer you up until you say ENOUGH:)

Teruko means a shining girl.

Teruko is recently adopted a baby doggie and now she is a proud single mother.

She named her Titi, that means "Tiny Teruko".

Early Life:

Teruko was born in a family of artists in Tokyo, Japan. Her mother is a traditional Japanese dancer who gave Teruko the greatest influence. Early in her life, she dreamt of becoming a star and started taking dance, singing and piano lessons at the age of four. Throughout her childhood, Teruko performed in numerous school and community functions and captured audiences everywhere she went with her cuteness and unforgettable voice.

 

Voice Career:

As the lead vocalist of her high school band, Teruko entered "The Japan Hot Wave", an event sponsored by Coca Cola and won 2nd place out of thousands of entries. She has then been performing in several local bands in Los Angeles, such as the Ken Tanaka Band as the lead vocalist for "Doko Demo World". With her unique voice, she also works as an announcer, narrator and voice over artist.

 

Dance Career:

At Aoyama Gakuin in Tokyo, Japan, Teruko was elected "All Star Cheerleader" by the Japan Cheerleading Association and later became a licensed cheerleading instructor. 

Cheerleading taught her to support others and became her lifework. While studying abroad in Havana, Cuba, she fell in love with the Latin style, which motivated her to move to New York to further her studies with Salsa dancing. Teruko's dancing techniques grew at an exponential rate that she first appeared on the famous NBC TV Show "Apollo Amateur Night" in 2004 with a solo Salsa performance. Shortly after that, Teruko was placed 3rd runner up performing a solo Latin Jazz choreography in the dance competition at "The International Models & Talent Association". She also appeared on Univision TV show "Objetivo Fama" as a ChaCha choreographer for the contestants. Teruko continued to teach Salsa, ChaCha, Merengue, Rhumba and Samba at various dance studios all over New York including PMTS International, Sandra Cameron Dance Center and Broadway Dance Center (Assistant for Maria Torres). She is also a trained Burlesque dancer and performed on a new film "Free Byrd".

 

Acting Career:

In 2008, Teruko decided to embark on a new journey into the world of acting. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue this dream. Credits include: East West Players' "Voices from Okinawa", award winning web series "The Unemployment Of Danny London", a feature film of Sundance 2014 official selection "The Girl from Nagasaki", ABC TV show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", MTV TV show "Awkward", CBS Primetime Situation Comedy "The Millers", Netflix Original "Lady Dynamite", "Monster Challenge", Funny Or Die "Teruko Time" and "Teruko's Movie Reviews". Now she is aiming for writing more of her originals, SitComs and also RomComs so she can kiss a lot of handsome gentlemen (wink).

Sculptor Career:

Teruko has a huge passion for male butts especially MLB players' butts and has been creating a numerous butt sculptures. Now she is preparing for her first butt exhibition in the near future.

 

Ask TERUKO:

Teruko never gives up on humanity. She believes in giving back to the society. You can ask her anything! She might be able to help, we never know, or just a great chatter! For example; Burlesque, Salsa, Cheerleading, Classical Japanese Performing Arts, Tokyo, Anything Japanese, Japanese Hostess Madame, Gangsta, Dominatrix, Tree Growing, Vegan, Baseball Butts, Comedy, True Crime, Rescue Animals, Marriage, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Fight or Flight Response, Self Hatred, Domestic Violence, Alcoholism, Sexual Abuse, Neglect, Suicide Warms, Major Depression Disorder, PTSD, EMDR, Anti Depressants, Psychotherapy, Memorizing, BFF, Feminism, Squid Game etc. Teruko hearts YOU.

 

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