Jill Togawa is a Japanese American Yonsei (fourth generation), born and raised in Honolulu. She received a B.A. in Dance from the University of Hawai’i and has more than 35 years experience as a dancer and choreographer in New York, Oklahoma, the Bay Area and Hawaii. Her formal training includes ballet and modern as well as hula, middle-eastern, butoh, Indonesian and Japanese folk dance. Prior to founding Purple Moon Dance Project 1992, she was the Assistant Artistic Director of Unbound Spirit, the resident company of Asian American Dance Performances in San Francisco.
Independently, her work has been presented by BRAVA! for Women in the Arts and by jazz composer Glenn Horiuchi to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Japanese American internment. Her work has been presented in Hawai‘i, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oregon, Vancouver and Beijing, China. She has been awarded individual artist commissions and residencies from the San Francisco Art Commission and the East Bay Community Foundation, the Gaea Foundation in Washington, D.C. and was a three time California Arts Council artist-in-the -community.