Yoko Taira was born in Oviedo, where she started her ballet classes at the age of five. In 1985 she moved to Madrid to study with Luis Fuente. She danced with his group in different cities of Spain for two years. Later she worked with Marika Besobrasoba, Lola de Ávila, Carmen Roche, Paco Morales and Igor Ivanov, amongst others. Since January 1990 she has been dancing as solo and first dancer under the direction of Nacho Duato in most of his creations, as well as in works of choreographers of international prestige such as Jiri Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe and Hans van Manen.
In 1989 she finished her studies at the Real Concervatorio de Música y Danza in Madrid, and in 1995 she started to give classes of contemporary dance there, and created two choreographies with her students.
Since 1996, while continuing to dance at the CND, she has also worked as Choreograph Assistant for its Artistic Director, Nacho Duato.
In 1999 and 2000 Taira created her first ballets for the Compañía Nacional de Danza’s Workshop: Reconstruccionesand Kosamai. Later, she premiered another two works for the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2: Érase una vez...(Once upon a time...) (2001) and Ni un Alma (Not a Soul) (2002), and her latest choreographic work is Nasciturus (2003) created for the main company of the CND.