2015-2016 Dance Instructors
Gigi Cheng began taking ballet and traditional, Chinese-folk dance classes when she was three years old at Mitsi Dancing School. She quit starting junior high, but later joined her high school’s dance team, which competed in styles such as pom, jazz, lyrical, and modern. This will be her third year in CCDC and first year as an instructor.
Jaclyn Yuan started dancing at the age of six with classical ballet. She later joined The Love of China School of Chinese Dance at the age of eleven, and spent the next ten years learning traditional folk and classical repertoire. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2010, Jaclyn has continued to follow her passion — this is her fifth year with CCDC, and her third year as a teacher.
Rachel Floyd, 19, is a second-year at LMU and has been dancing with CCDC since 2002, when she was 6 years old. Rachel also studied ballet and Artistic Gymnastics, competing at USA Gymnastics Level 8. Rachel was born in China and joined her American family through adoption. She is grateful to have been a member of CCDC for more than two-thirds of her lifetime and looks forward to sharing her love of Chinese dance and culture with the children, passing on the skills, the can-do attitude, and joy she received from her teachers. This is Rachel’s third year as the instructor for the junior dance class.
Ellen Gerdes holds a B.A. with high honors in dance from Wesleyan University and an Ed.M. in dance from Temple University. Before moving to Los Angeles, she performed as a free-lance dance artist and worked as a dance educator in Philadelphia for six years. She is currently a PhD student at UCLA in the department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance with a focus on dance in China.
Amy is a UCLA senior majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Biomedical Research. She began her dance career with classical ballet lessons at the age of six, and later she expanded her repertoire to include traditional and minority Chinese dance. Studying under instructors from China’s famed Beijing Dance Academy, she competed in national and international dance competitions with much success. This is now her third year dancing with CCDC, and she hopes to share both technique and love for the art with the UCLA community.