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Fangfei Miao

Assistant Professor of Dance
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Dr. Fangfei Miao is an international dance scholar, choreographer, and dancer, whose research interests include dance and performance studies, Chinese arts and culture, and transnational corporeal politics. She is working on her book manuscript that investigates how embodied cross-cultural miscommunications have changed dance history in China’s reform era (1978-) and produced new philosophies of modernization. Her publications, in both English and Chinese, have been featured in Dance Research Journal (US), Asian Theater Journal (US), Journal of the Beijing Dance Academy(China), and Journal of Contemporary Research in Dance (China). Dr. Miao received her Ph.D. in Culture and Performance (2019) from UCLA, M.F.A. in Choreography (2011) and B.A. in Dance History and Theory (2008) from the Beijing Dance Academy, China’s premier dance conservatory. With extensive professional training in Chinese classical and folk dance, modern dance, and Tai Chi practice, Dr. Miao has taught her contemporary fusion technique across the country. Focusing her artistic research on bridging the dynamic socio-historical gaps among different communities, she has toured internationally and staged her choreography in New York City, Los Angeles, Auckland, and Beijing, among others. Before joining SMTD, Dr. Miao was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Muhlenberg College (2019-2020).

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