Mariko, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, studied at Alexandra School of Ballet under Alexandra Zaharias. She attended Washington University in St. Louis for two years, where she studied dance with Christine O'Neal, Mary-Jean Cowell, David Marchant, and Cecil Slaughter, and finished her degree at University of Missouri–Kansas City, where she trained with Paula Weber, Jennifer Medina, and Michael Simms, earning her BFA in Dance.
She moved to New York City, and received a Fellowship at the Ailey School. In New York she danced professionally with Buglisi Dance Theater, Jessica Danser/Dansfolk, and C.Eule Dance. In 2010–2011 she studied at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, training in Graham Technique, and completing the Graham Teacher Training Program, and performing with Graham II. While in NYC, she also taught beginning ballet and creative movement at Ballet Hispanico.
She recently moved back to St. Louis to dance with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Co, under the direction of Jennifer Medina. She is currently teaching creative movement at St. Louis Ballet, and modern dance and ballet at COCA. She loves teaching and dancing, and is thankful for the love and support of family and friends.