Jakob Yaw was born in 1990 in Elmshorn, Schleswig-Holstein. Having a background in circus and music from early childhood, Jakob later studied dance at the State Ballet School Berlin and the Scenario Pubblico – International Choreography Centre Sicily, directed by Roberto Zappalá (Compagnia Zappalá Danza).
As dancer he travelled around the globe and got influenced by many different dance styles and cultural aspects – Jakob worked with Jecko Siompo (JeckoSDance, Indonesia) who takes traditional Indonesian dances and gesture of wild animals to put with elements of Hip Hop and its rhythm. He performed at the da:ns – Singapore Dance Festival and at Melbourne Festival – International Arts Festival in Australia. He taught as guest-lecturer at the IKJ – Jakarta Art Institute assisted at ImpulsTanz in Vienna and offered various workshops in Dubai, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, Indonesia, Melbourne and Naples. Yaw has choreographed a solo which was performed at Stroke – Urban Art Fair in Berlin, co-operated in a duet for the ARS Electronica exhibition in 2010, danced choreographies from Marguerite Donlon, worked with designer Boris Bidjan Saberi in Eleven – a session dedicated to urban subculture and the filmmaker Marietta Kesting in Meditations on the Dancefloor – a documentary focusing on electronic music, its pulse and dance.
In summer 2013 he showed a self-composed piece, which included six dancers and music produced by Konrad Wehrmeister (SVS Records) at AufbauHaus in Berlin.