Aya began her training in Japan before enrolling at the Rambert School in London. She gained an MA in Dance Performance at the University of Chichester. She has performed with companies and choreographers that include Flexer & Sandiland, Rosemary Lee, Charlie Morrissey, Kerry Nicholls, Pete Shenton, Gecko and Lila Dance. Aya has also presented her own work at Tate family festivals, the Sanriku International Festival in Japan, and regularly teaches for Independent Dance, Greenwich Dance, Brighton Dance Network, Oxford Collective and various universities.
Aya has choreographed touring works for Anjali and has supported guest choreographers including Maresa von Stockert, Amit Lahav, Luca Silvestrini, Lea Anderson and Gary Clarke. Aya also teaches the youth dance company Young Anjali, which was selected five times in seven years to perform at the prestigious U.Dance National Showcase.