Yin Yue, an internationally recognized and versatile performer and choreographer, will join the Bachelor of Fine Arts dance faculty of the Peabody Conservatory as artist-in-residence for the fall 2018 semester. She will teach modern technique classes, collaborate on creative research with dance majors, and offer workshops and master classes.
Yin is the artistic director and founder of the New York City–based contemporary dance ensemble YY Dance Co. She was the winner of the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015 International Commissioning Project, the 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and the Northwest Dance Project's 2013 Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition. She has been commissioned to create new works by all three companies, as well as by Limon Dance Co., Bruce Wood Dance, New Dialect, Balletto Teatro di Torino in Italy, Backhausdance, George Mason University, and others.
Born and raised in Shanghai, Yin trained in technically demanding and highly structured Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as classical ballet technique, earning her undergraduate degree at Shanghai Normal University and her MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is the creator of an innovative contemporary dance technique called FoCo (folk-contemporary).
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