Mana Hashimoto was born in Tokyo, Japan. She started classical ballet when she was four years old, and continued her ballet training and performing until she came to the United States in 1993. In the United States, she studied jazz composition at the New England Conservatory and Berklee Academy of Music in Boston, working primarily with the piano. Then came to New York City in 1998 to study modern dance at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.
Mana began losing her sight at the age of 17, and twelve years ago she lost her sight completely. Nevertheless, this has not interfered with her career: the passion for her art continues, as she assumes her active choreography and performing schedule, as well as organizing creative dance courses for visually impaired people and children in New York City.