Ryuji Yamaguchi first came to King’s Academy in 2007 as the dance program coordinator in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. During his nine years at King’s, he served in various roles, including dean of residential life, department head, and international student coordinator. After leaving King’s to spend a year in New York to dance and choreograph while studying for his master’s degree in educational leadership at Columbia University, Mr. Yamaguchi returned to King’s Academy in 2017 as dance program coordinator and a class dean.
Born in Nagoya, Japan, Mr. Yamaguchi grew up in Japan and the United States. He attended Deerfield Academy and received his Bachelor's degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University.
Mr. Yamaguchi's dance activities have spanned the Middle East, Europe, Japan and the United States, and he has performed in works by such choreographers as Yoshiko Chuma, Douglas Dunn, Brenda Divelbliss and Christopher Williams. Mr. Yamaguchi has collaborated with numerous Jordanian and Palestinian artists, and has invited over 40 Japanese and American artists to Jordan. As assistant director and producer to Yoshiko Chuma, Mr. Yamaguchi created six major productions in Jordan and Palestine. In 2013, he founded Jordan Youth Dance Exchange, contributing to the growth of high school dancers in Jordan.