teruko nakajima




Early Life
Teruko is a Japanese actress, dancer and singer who 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 performing artist 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 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.

In 2001 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).


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. Recent 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” and new Netflix Original “Lady Dynamite”.


Now she is aiming to be on SNL, SitComs and also RomComs so she can kiss a lot of handsome gentlemen (wink).








last update: 01/28/2016