School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan

Fangfei Miao

Assistant Professor of Dance
1232 Dance


Dr. Fangfei Miao is an international dance scholar, choreographer, and dancer, whose research interests include dance and performance studies, Chinese and East Asian studies, and critical inquiries of globalization. She is working on her book manuscript that examines the “missteps” that cross-cultural dance transmission engenders and their productivity in Reform Era China (1978-the present). Her publications, in both English and Chinese, have been featured in Dance Research Journal (US), Asian Theater Journal (US), Theatre Journal (US), Dance Studies (China), Journal of Contemporary Research in Dance (China), and Journal of the Beijing Dance Academy (China). With extensive professional training in modern dance, Chinese classical and folk dance, and Tai Chi, Miao has taught her contemporary fusion technique across the country. Focusing her artistic research on bridging the profound socio-historical gaps among different racial and gender communities, she has toured internationally and staged her experimental choreography in New York City, Los Angeles, Auckland, and Beijing, among others. Before joining SMTD, Miao was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Muhlenberg College (2019-2020). She received her PhD in Culture and Performance (2019) from UCLA, MFA in Choreography (2011) and BA in Dance History and Theory (2008) from the Beijing Dance Academy, China’s premier dance conservatory.