For me, dance class should be playful and stress-free. Getting to know my students is the first and foremost thing I do, because I believe it is the way to build connection and trust between my students and I.
I think the technique is less important than helping my students build their own confidence in their bodies. I use a personalized approach to assist students to be aware of the sensation of their bodies and help them recognize the subtlety of the body movement.
While teaching movement, I explain each movement in a very detailed way, I often use imagery to help students understand. My class focuses on choreographing movement for each student based on their own possibilities and levels of dancing. I pace my class accordingly based on students' ability to learn.
It’s very fun to take my class and I love to connect with students in both artistic and personal contexts!
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Rourou is a dance artist whose career spans between China and New York City, incorporating choreographic investigation, theatrical dance content, dance for camera, and student mentorship. She trained rigorously in Chinese dance in a conservatory setting for over 10 years, followed by studies in American and European dance and theater practices since her early 20s. Rourou holds a BFA in Choreography from Shanghai Theater Academy and an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College.
As a teacher, she has taught hundreds of students of different levels, in various dance styles, ranging from contemporary, theater, jazz, hip-hop, Chinese, improvisation, and choreography. She’s passionate about helping students to achieve their individualized goals through her unique, comprehensive, and supportive teaching style. She is passionate about education and believes in the role art plays in how people learn, grow and connect with each other.
As a choreographer, her works have been presented by major dance venues in the USA including GIBNEY, Danspace Project, Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, The Field, Dixon Place, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, LMCC, Arts on Site, Austin Dance Festival, Venice Art Factory (Italy), and in China by Shanghai International Dance Festival, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Beijing Dance Festival, and China Dance Forward (Hong Kong).
2017— Master of Fine Arts in Dance, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, USA
2012— Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Shanghai Theater Academy-College of Dance, Shanghai, China
January - April 2020: Artist-in-Residence at Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, Brooklyn, USA
July 2019-July 2021: Artist-in-Residence at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx, USA
July 2019: Dance Your Bronx Up Mini Residency at Pepatian, Bronx, USA
February - June 2019: Artist Residency at The Creators Collective, Brooklyn, USA
2018: Artist Residency at Yangtze Repertory Theater of America, Manhattan, USA
November 2017-April 2018: Workup 4.0 Artist Residency at Gibney Dance Center, Manhattan, USA
July - August 2017: AMPLIFY Artist-in-Residence at The Creators Collective at 100 Bogart, Brookly, USA
2018-present: Dance instructor at One Space Arts Inc., Manhattan, USA
Course Title: Choreography, Contemporary Dance Form, Creative Thinking
November 2018 - Present: Teaching Artist at Gibney, , Manhattan, USA
Course Title: Contemporary Dance Form
2018 - 2019: Guest Teaching Artist at the Dance College at Shanghai Theater Academy, Shanghai, China
Course Title: Choreography, Improvisation & Imagination
September 2012 - July 2015: Dance instructor/Choreographer at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music -Musical Theater Department, Shanghai, China
Theater Dance, Hip-hop, Contemporary Form, African Dance, Repertory, Improvisation, Ballet
RECENT MAJOR CHOREOGRAPHIES & PERFORMANCES
* I perform in my own choreographies
Work: The Tangible Hallucination of Rourou in the Day-Time (Evening Length)
Year of Creation: 2018-- ongoing
01/17 - 02/02/20, Chapter Two, Duet, (Exhibit via video) Where is Where@ Venice Art Factory, Venice, Italy
01/18/20, Chapter Two, Duet, 7’00”, Performance Party @ Arts on Site, NYC
12/01/19, Chapter Three, Duet, 10’00”, (concealed information) NYC
11/25/19, Chapter Three, Solo, 10’00”, Movement (concealed information) Church, NYC
11/09/19, Chapter 1, Solo, 25’00”, (concealed information) NYC
8/18/19, Chapter 2, Duet, 15’00”, Fresh Track (concealed information) York Live Arts, NYC
6/15/19, Chapter 2, Duet, 15’00”, Fielday 2019 @ The Field, NYC
5/17/19, Chapter 1 - excerpt, Solo, 10’00”, Boogie Down Dance (concealed information) Academy of Art and Dance!, NYC
5/17/19, Chapter 1, Duet, 25’00”, Artists Elevating Immigrant Narratives @ The Creators Collective, NYC
3/14/19, Chapter 1, Solo, 28’00”, New Works (concealed information) Artists Theater, NYC
6/21/18, Chapter 1- old version 2, solo, 37’00”, Tribeca Art + Culture Night@ LMCC River to River Festival @Church Street School, NYC
5/26/-5/27/18, Chapter 1 - old version 1, solo, 36’00”, 17/18 Season Mainstage (concealed information) Repertory Theater of America, NYC
Work: Phantom Duet (solo_14’30”)
Year of Creation: 2017 -- 2019
04/06/19, Spring Movement Festival @ Center for Performance Research, NYC
02/01-02/02/18, Solo (concealed information) the Hub, NYC
03/24/18, BAAD!Ass Women (concealed information) Academy of Art and Dance!, NYC
03/09-03/10/18, WorkUp 4.0 @ Gibney Dance - NYC
06/27/17, Crossing Boundary @ Dixon Place, NYC
Work: Breakfast After I Die (Duet_20’)
Year of creation: August 2017
8/13/17, AMPLIFY Closing Party @ The Creators Collective, Brooklyn, USA
Work: I Cried Alone in the Summer (Group_33’56”)
Year of Creation: Jan-April 2017
Apr 2017, I Cried Alone In The Summer, MFA Thesis (concealed information) Lawrence College, Bronxville, USA
Work: We Do Have A Title (Trio_11’40”)
Year of Creation: Jan-April 2016
21/08/ 2016, We Do Have a Title, Shanghai International Dance (concealed information) Shanghai
04/16-/04/17/16, Spring Concert @ Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, USA
Work: IS (Solo_5’33”)
Year of Creation: 2014
08/16/2015, Beijing Dance Festival, Beijing, China
Work: Floating 飘然何处 (Trio_8’00”)
Year of Creation: 2013
11/29/2013, Seoul International Choreography Competition, Seoul, Korea
02/24 - 02/25/2012, China Dance Forward Festival, Hong Kong, China
CHOREOGRAPHING FOR OTHER CONTEXTS (THEATER/MUSICAL THEATER)
Romulus the Great (Group_120’), May - June 2018, Yangtze Repertory Theater Mainstage Production, NY
Dear Natalie, the Moon is Round (Group_50’), Mar-May 2018, Sarah Lawrence College Theater Outreach Production, Bronxville, NY
You for Me For You (Group_120’): Sep-Dec 2017, Sarah Lawrence College Theater Department Production, NY
Kiss Me, Kate (Group_120’_Musical Theater), March-June 2015, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China
The Way (Group_90’_Musical Theater), March - June 2014, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China
Little Me (Group_180’_Musical Theater), March- June 2014, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China
Once on This Island (Group_160’_Musical Theater), March-June 2013, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China
VIDEO DIRECTING AND EDITING EXPERIENCE
2018 -- present: promotional video editing for One Space Arts Inc., NYC, USA
12/09/17, A Door Project (Dance Film), Doors Can Dance @ Murmur Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2015, Third-Spiritual (dance film), A Long Week of Short (concealed information) Museum, Shanghai, China
OTHER WORKING EXPERIENCE
2018-present: Founder / artistic director at One Space Arts Inc., Manhattan, USA
a company aiming to deepen the artistic dialogue between Chinese and American cultures. Through programs of study and immersion, she seeks to offer Chinese students comprehensive multicultural experiences.
2019 Sep: Panelist for Fall Movement Festival at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, USA
Viewed and judged over 265 applications, and to select 8 artists to participate in the festival.
2013-present: one on one dance lesson instructor, Shanghai/NYC
Subject: Contemporary Form, Improvisation, Musical Theater Dance
2017- 2018: Project and Production Coordinator at The Creators Collective, Brooklyn, USA
2006, Excellent Performance in Chinese Folk Dance (Award), The 8th T ao Li Cup National Dance Competition, Beijing, China
OTHER PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS
2018— LANDING 2.0, instructed by Miguel Gutierrez, GIBNEY, Manhattan, USA
2016 -- Summer Melt, Movement Research, New York City, USA
2013 -- American Dance Festival, Durham, USA
COURSE TAKEN / TECHNIQUES
Choreography, Object Theater, Somatic Practices, Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Acting, Release Technique (Trisha Brown ), African Dance, Tap Dance, Contemporary Dance Forms, Dance Film, Dance History, Lighting Design, Stagecraft, Contemporary Jazz, Anatomy, Composition, Live Feed, Gaga Technique, Musical Theater, Jazz Dance, Hip-Hop Dance, Street Jazz, Ballet, Chinese Folk Dance, Chinese Classical Dance, Chinese Han Tang Dynasty Dance, Chinese Opera, Tai Chi, Kong Fu
My friend recommended Rourou to me. As a person who never learned contemporary dances before, I was so nervous and afraid that I couldn't catch up with the speed. But Rourou was awesome! She explained every detail so patiently! I will definitely book her class again :)
Rourou is a multi-faceted dancer, choreographer, and educator. Rourou and I have worked together in numerous capacities as dance artists and colleagues. She has an extensive dance background in contemporary and traditional movement forms, performance, choreography, mentorship, and teaching. She also maintains a thriving choreographic and movement practice. She is fluent in both Chinese and English, and has international experience working in both China and the USA. Her continual curiosity and commitment to her craft have led her to be fully attuned and engaged with her students.
Dancing with Rourou is so much fun and so rewarding! Her extensive background in dance theory and choreography is very apparent while she is teaching but more importantly she is just so much fun to learn from! Her style is very personalized for each student and she is so patient when working with you to make sure you are getting exactly what you are looking for out of the experience. She is very easy to learn from and she has wonderful movement and style that translates to a great carefree class where you feel great at the end of every class. I just love Rourou's classes and you will too!
Really enjoy dance with rourou! I found her on superprof. She is a talented dancer and have lot of experience about how to teach. As a beginner for contemporary dance. We start from focus on coordinating breath which is something I never actually think of in my whole life LOL...She didn't tend to teach specific choreographer but more about listen to the music and express what your body feel. I really enjoy this style. In my opinion dance is not just about learning other people's choreographer but more about following your body and music. And some day you can create your own choreographer.
If you have the opportunity to dance with, and learn from, Rourou, you would be lucky to have it! Rourou is an incredible dance artist and teacher. Her mastery of dance theory, and how she incorporates her experiences into her movements and choreography, are truly amazing to witness. She has taught me to be comfortable with my body, and *gasp* I even feel like I have control. I feel more stronger and more confident than I have in years, and I owe a lot of it to Rourou. She will challenge you, and your mind and body might not necessarily appreciate it at the moment, but it’s obviously the only way to grow. Rourou’s emphasis on mental peace, strength, and exploration as a crucial piece of dancing, makes her classes both physical and mentally rigorous, but I love it! Rourou is kind, fun, thoughtful, and disciplined - I feel very fortunate to be her student, and I hope others can experience the joys and rewards of being her student! :)
Rourou has a very strong dance background, and I can say very experienced in teaching. The way she teaches makes the material super easy to learn. If you need one word to describe the process, it would be Magical. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned within just one class. The way the lesson flowed made me wanna come back to her again and definitely recommend it to others who are seeking a superior dance experience.
Rourou is an extremely knowledgeable, sweet and highly experienced teacher. She made the class so easy to learn. I enjoyed her class so much that I wholeheartedly recommend her!
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