Riiko Kitayama was born in Japan, began ballet at age three, and at fourteen left Japan to study at Quinte Ballet School of Canada. Since graduating in 2008, Riiko has performed with Columbus Dance Theater, Columbia Classical Ballet, Nashville Ballet 2, Mystic Ballet and Roxey Ballet. She joined Zest Collective in 2015. In 2017 she performed with Zest Collective entertaining at the Danone Nations Cup World Final. Riiko performed as soloist as Snow Queen and Dewdrop in The Nutcracker, Blue Bird Pas de Deux in Sleeping Beauty, and Pas de Trois in Swan Lake. In 2014 she was guest soloist with the ADMAN Chamber Orchestra in Japan. In 2017 she performed with Roxey Ballet as Cupid in Carmina Burana with Princeton Pro Musica. Riiko is ABT certified on all levels.