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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 31: Who is Koko Iwasaki? Choreographer accompanied Maluma on world tour at age 18

At the age of 18, Koko Iwasaki was part of the dance troupe of the Colombian singer Maluma on his world tour
Koko Iwasaki (L) joined Columbian Latino singer Maluma's (R) troupe as a backup dancer at 18  (koko_iwasaki and maluma/Instagram)
Koko Iwasaki (L) joined Columbian Latino singer Maluma's (R) troupe as a backup dancer at 18 (koko_iwasaki and maluma/Instagram)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Koko Iwasaki is a world-renowned dancer who specializes in dance styles ranging from hip-hop to ballroom. She won the hearts of the audience as a contestant in Season 14 of 'So You Think You Can Dance' which aired in 2014 on Fox TV. As a new pro this season, Koko is ready to amaze the audience with her mesmerizing dance skills alongside celebrity contestant Vinny Guadagnino in the much-talked-about 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 31.

Although Koko has an illustrious discography as a dancer in recent years and has performed with Hollywood's biggest pop stars, it will be interesting to see if she will be able to wow the judges and the audience with her and Vinny's spectacular performances in the dance reality series.


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Who is Koko Iwasaki?

Koko was born and raised in Kanagawa, Japan. Later, her entire family immigrated to the United States when she was only 2 years old. She grew up in South Florida. Koko had an innate love of dance from childhood and began dancing at the age of three.


Before she began her career as a professional dancer, she received training in many different styles of dance. At the age of 16, she became a professional dancer.


Koko began her journey as a dancer when, at 18, she was part of Maluma's dance troupe on his world tour

Koko began her career in the Hollywood industry as a background dancer for many world-renowned singers and pop stars. Interestingly, not many may know this, but for Koko, the first major milestone in her professional career was when, at the age of 18, she accompanied Grammy-winning Colombian Latino singer Maluma on his world tour as a backup dancer.


Koko has worked with globally prominent singers like Pitbull, Flo Rida, Nicky Jam, Becky G, Luis Fonsi, and Camila Cabello in her illustrious career as a professional dancer so far.


Koko has also made several guest appearances on popular American reality shows 

Koko has always loved flaunting her dancing skills by making guest appearances on shows like 'Empire', 'Lip Sync Battle,' 'The Ellen Show,' and 'The Masked Dancer.'

Koko has fun with her 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 31 celebrity contestant Vinny

Koko took to her Instagram handle on September 13. She posted some quirky and hilarious video stories of practicing in the rehearsal hall with celebrity contestant Vinny Guadagnino. In the first story, we can see her zooming in on Vinny's shoes. Laughing hard, she asks him, "What are those."

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Koko Iwasaki is seen asking her 'DWTS' Season 31 contestant Vinny about his shoes (koko_iwasaki/Instagram)

In the next story, she posted a picture with Vinny who is seen wearing a black casual t-shirt and grey sweat pants. Koko is wearing a pink-colored crop top with short black shorts.

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Koko posted this stunning picture with Vinny from the rehearsal halls post practice (koko_iwasaki/Instagram)

In the next video story, Koko posted a caption on the video story which describes that it was a great rehearsal today for both of them and also added how she felt so proud of the fact. Her caption read, "We had a great rehearsal today, and I am so proud." After that, she is asking Vinny, "How did you freakin' feel." On this Vinny responded, "I freakin' feel so good."

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Koko describes how she is feeling proud of their amazing rehearsals ahead of 'DWTS' Season 31 premiere (koko_iwasaki/Instagram) 

In the next story that she reposted from Vinny's Instagram handle on her account, we can see Vinny asking Koko, "Koko what're you doing." On this, she replies, "Nothing." Koko is seen putting some grips on his shoes. Then Vinny adds, "This is the way I like to be treated. It's in my contract that Koko has to put the grips on my shoes. How did you know what grips were until five seconds ago."

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Koko is seen putting grips on Vinny's shoes in this reposted video from the actor's account (koko_iwasaki/Instagram)

The series will premiere globally on Disney+ on September 19, 2022, at 8 PM ET.