Y I N Y U E
“You don’t dance to be able to find out how you feel, you dance when there is so much power and feeling in you, you just have to stand up and move.”
Yin Yue is a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she studied classical ballet technique, Chinese classical and folk dance at Shanghai Dance School, where she received rigorous training in all aspects of the technically demanding and highly structured Chinese dance. She continued her education at Shanghai Normal University and by the end of her university training she had appeared in many festivals and dance competitions throughout China. In 2005, she was ranked among the top ten performers in the National Dance Competition in Yunnan. Intent on further developing her artistic talents, Yin moved to New York City to pursue MFA in contemporary dance at New York University.
After graduating with a MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin Yue quickly started to gain attention as a highly original choreographer and performer among her peers. Yin created an innovative contemporary dance technique- FoCo (FolkContemporary) Technique that soon gained the attention of the dance world. The movement style of YYDC FoCo consists of five elements: earth, wood, water, metal and fire. Each element contributes to the quality of moving and its designated body parts. The technique trains dancers to create a grounded, circular, fluid and dynamic performance that is rhythmic and powerful, yet sensual and graceful. The main themes of Yin's work are emotional experience, contrasted movement dynamic and strong physicality in all their complexity.
In 2016, Yin Yue received first place in Choreography in Shanghai Professional Dance Competition. She is also winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago International Commissioning Project 2015 and winner of 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship and winner of Northwest Dance Project 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Comeptition 2013 and received commissions from all three companies. She was slected as Emerging Choreographer of 2015 Springboard Danse Montreal, finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation.
In March, 2016, the company took 90 min dance program toured to Aachen, Germany as part of schrit_tmacher Just Dance Festival.
Her work has been recognized by organizations and festivals such as Jacob's Pillow Dance Inside Out Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, DanceNOW[NYC] at Joe's Pub, Peridance Capezio Theater, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, La MaMa Moves International Festival and many more.
Y Y D A N C E C O M P A N Y
YY Dance Company is a New York City based not for profit contemporary dance ensemble composed of freelance dance artists, who collaborate with Yin in creating and performing choreographic works on national and international performance platforms. The company boasts touring credits in China and Germany, presenting works at various international dance festivals, namely Schrit_tmacher Festival 2016, 2018 and 2019 in Aachen, Germany.
YYDC aims to discover powerful imagery by pushing bold athleticism within sensual and fluid movement. We take risks in performances by demanding authentic presence from each individual voice and cultivating public interest in Yin Yue’s artistic vision and movement signature, FoCo Technique.
In addition to performance, YYDC also re-staged repertories at universities, companies and dance studios around the world.
For more information on Yin Yue and YYDC, visit yinyuedance.com