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Hou Ying (Choreographer)
Renowned dancer and choreographer Hou Ying was born in Jilin, China, and is now based in the US, where she is the founder and Artistic Director of Hou Ying Dance Theater. Hou’s sophisticated, abstract body language reflects her concern with human interiority and spirit. In 1996, her work Spirit of Night was presented at the Russian International Dance Competition, and in 2001 she was awarded a scholarship from the Asian Cultural Council to study in New York. In 2002, she joined Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York, later working as Rehearsal Director of the studio. In 2004, she was named “Year’s Most Outstanding Dancer” by The New York Times. In 2008, Hou Ying returned to China with Shen Wei, and created the dance work “The Picture” for the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Since 2009, she shifted her focus to Beijing, founding Hou Ying Dance Theater in Beijing in 2011.