Yin Yue, is a Manhattan dancer and choreographer, and is the winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creative International Choreographic Competition 2013, and finalist of The A.W.A.R.D Show NYC 2010. Ms. Yue was born in Shanghai, China, where at the age of four, she took her first dance class. She studied Chinese classical dance at Shanghai Dance School, and modern dance at Shanghai Normal University. She came to New York City in 2006 and received an MFA in dance from the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU in 2008. Yin became a freelance dancer in Brooklyn right after her graduation. From 2009 to 2011, she was also a private personal trainer. It was during this period of time Yin developed her own work-out system by combining yoga, pilates, and other methods. In 2010, she opened her own company–Yin Yue Dance, which is a New York City-based contemporary modern dance company. Yin Yue creates her own performances through a wide range of dance styles. She combines Chinese dance style with a western style with power and strength. Yin Yue has performed for Doug Elkins & Friends, Stefanie Nelson Dance Group, Loni Landon Project, Ivy Baldwin, Curt Haworth, Christopher Williams, Debroah Jowitt, White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Jaxon Dance Company and Urban Dance Collective. She has also performed and presented works at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, Joyce SoHo Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Dance Festival, The New York International Fringe Festival, Lincoln Center Rose Hall, American Dance Guild at MMAC, Dancenow[NYC] Festival at DTW, Food For Thoughts at St. Marks Church, DUMBO DANCE Festival, Cool New York Festival at John Ryan Theater, and La MaMa Moves New York International.
As a Chinese contemporary dancer, people always picture her as very Chinese in style, which is soft and slow. However, what Yin is doing is quite the opposite. She is fast and powerful. Yin Yue thought this is the challenge she needs to overcome so she can change the impression of how people think about her. Yin’s parents, who quit their government jobs and opened a dance school in China, give her great inspiration and encouragement to pursue her dance career. This year, she was thrilled to give a performance together with her troupe in Jiangxi, China.
Right now, Yin is not only a dancer and choreographer, but also a personal trainer. She believes that the less processed food one eats, the healthier. For example, rice is healthier than bread. “I would suggest you get to the gym at least three times a week and have a healthy diet.”
Yin Yue’s goal is to have a studio that has both dance and fitness together. In the morning and evening, people would come for the gym; or people may come to dance. She hopes that one business could support the other. “I see people come to the gym in the morning, but it’s quite empty in the afternoon. I just want to make the best use of it and give people a chance to try dance and fitness together. This is what I want most to do in the near future.”
Yin Yue truly believes “We dance how we really feel inside. We dance who we were and who we are