Guest artist / Instructor
Yu is a dance artist, teacher, and choreographer. Xiao hails from China, and holds a B.A. in Choreography & Performance at Beijing Dance Academy, and an M.F.A. in choreography at the Ohio State University, where she held a graduate assistantship working with dance & technology, and teaching in elective dance program. Before she came to the United States, she worked professionally with Xiamen Little Egret Folk Dance Troupe in Fujian Province in China as a choreographer and dancer, performing throughout China, Australia and New Zealand. Xiao presented her works at Columbus Dance Theatre, Columbus Movement Movement (CM2), PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati, American College Dance Festival (ACDF), and Oberlin OH, where she was a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College, teaching modern, Tai Chi, and repertory. Her works also have won the First Place Award in Chinese Language Bridge Competition in Beijing, China, Gold MedalFujian High School Dance Contest in Fujian, China, and Silver Medalin National Junior Dance Contest in Fujian, China. She also taught master classes at the Department of Dance at the OSU, Wittenberg University, Ohio Wesleyan University, ACDF, and Ohio Dance. Xiao is a certified yoga instructor as well as a Tai Chi practitioner. Xiao’s current choreographic focus is to investigate the intercultural subject matter involved the dance making process.