Chikako Iwahori was born in Tokyo, Japan. She studied classical ballet, tap, jazz, baton twirling and karate in which she holds a black belt. She performed in Theaters and TV shows in Japan.
In 1995 she moved to New York to study rhythm tap with some of the legendary tap masters. She also studied West African dance and music with masters from Guinea and Senegal.
From 1996 to 2001, she worked with Feraba, an African Rhythm Tap Company. She was an original member of the group and helped define their choreographic style, mixing West African dance and drum rhythms with tap.
In 1998, she joined Dha Fuzion (urban world music & dance performance troupe) as assistant director/choreographer and performed one of the lead roles in their musical "Back to Creation".
In 2000 she started working with Manhattan Tap. She sang in Keba Cissoko's West African band Tamalalou from 1996 to 2002 and can be heard on their compilation CD from Smithsonian Folkway Recordings with master musicians from West Africa.
In 2002, she created a new tap dance duo called "RhythMutation" with tap dancer Stephanie Larriere.
Currently she is working with Cyro Baptista's Beat the Donkey (7-piece Brazilian percussion orchestra) touring the US and Europe. She has taught in schools throughout NYC and at international tap festivals in the US and Germany.