Fangfei Miao

Assistant Professor of Dance


Three dancers in costume on stage hold their arms up and out.

Hereafter (Feb. 2023)

Dr. Fangfei Miao, an international dance theorist, choreographer, and dancer, is Assistant Professor of Dance in the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she teaches both seminar and physical practice courses. Dr. Miao’s scholarly research weaves dance and performance studies, Chinese and East Asian studies, and critical inquiries into globalization. Her in-progress monograph examines the productive historical “mis-steps” engendered by Sino-US dance transmissions in Reform-Era China (1978-the present). Dr. Miao’s publications, in both English and Chinese, have been featured in Dance Research Journal, Asian Theater Journal, Theatre Journal, Dance Studies, Journal of Contemporary Research in Dance, and Journal of the Beijing Dance Academy. Her artistic research explores Asian Buddhism and dance-theatre interdisciplinarity. With extensive professional training in modern dance, Chinese classical and folk dance, Tai Chi Quan, and ballet, Dr. Miao has taught her contemporary fusion technique across the country. She has toured internationally and staged her choreography in New York City, Los Angeles, Auckland, and Beijing, among other locations. Dr. Miao received her PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA, her MFA and BA from the Beijing Dance Academy, China’s premier dance conservatory.

Blind peer-reviewed article:
“Mis-step as Global Encounter: The American Dance Festival in Reform Era China.” 2022, Dance Research Journal. Vol 54 (1): 50-69.

Updated on: 2/14/2023