Ryoko Tanaka was born and raised in Japan where she began her training at Masaru Akamatsu Ballet School. In 2013, she was selected to be in the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program from the Milwaukee Ballet School Summer Intensive. She performed in Michael Pink’s Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker with Milwaukee Ballet. In 2017, She joined trainee program with American repertory ballet and soon moved up to ARB II. Since joining ARB II, she has danced featured roles in Nutcracker, including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and other lead roles, Jane Bennet in Douglas Martin’s full length ballet Pride and Prejudice, and Kirk Peterson’s Eyes That Gently Touch and his Carmen, and featured roles in works by Mary Barton. This is her first year as a full company member and she is looking forward to this coming season.