Dancer Choreographer Dance Educator
M.F.A. Dance, Choreography & New Media, New York University
B.F.A. Dance, The Boston Conservatory
MIMI LIU is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Her classical and modern repertoire includes Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Graduation Ball, Paquita, Coppelia, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux (George Balanchine), Continuo (Antony Tudor), Psalm (José Limón), Index (Murray Louis), and many others. Mimi’s undergraduate excellence was also featured in The Dance Spirit magazine and the Boston local news.
She received her early dance training from The American Ballet Theatre summer intensives in New York City, The Boston Ballet School, and The Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA). She had the pleasure to study and work under notable dance professionals such as Seán Curran, Alaine Haubert, Steven B. Hyde, James C. Martin, Nancy Raffa, Yasuko Tokunaga, Donna Silva, Jessica Lang, Adriana Suárez, Donald Mahler, Ted Kivitt and Phyllis Lamhut to just name a few. During her career as a dancer, Mimi has graced many stages and venues across America, including the Detroit Opera House, New York Live Arts, Segerstrom Concert Hall, JCC Manhattan, Boston Children's Hospital, The New York Public Library, Laguardia Arts at Lincoln Square and countless more.
In her postgraduate years, Mimi concentrated on teaching dance, along with studying Video & Television Production with professor Hiro Konishi and Film Directing with Academy Award nominated Screenwriter Keir Pearson. As a Southern California native, she has taught and choreographed original works for Saddleback College, Orange Coast College and The Orange County High School of the Arts. After moving to New York City, Mimi has taught at multiple dance organizations including Brooklyn Ballet, The Ballet Club, American Liberty Ballet, Fitness Meets Dance, Hope for New York, Everyday Ballet, American Youth Dance Theatre, PS 130 Elementary School and The NY Kids Club. She also collaborated with film makers, directors, and music composers in multimedia projects and dance films throughout the United States. Having created dozens of original dance works for film, unique sites, and the stage, her dance film “Sugar Rush” was screened at the 2017 Dance and New Media Conference in New York City.
Mimi holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance, Choreography & New Media as a Shubert Foundation Dance Scholar from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is certified in levels Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Mimi recently completed three years of full-time teaching at Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School as the in-house dance teacher for grades Pre-K through 5th. During her service, students were accepted into Ballet Tech, and danced in Master Classes with The Juilliard School's Director of Dance Alicia Graf Mack, as well as the RIOULT Dance Company. Currently, she is teaching a group of wonderful K-8th graders at another charter school in New York. She is also presently the creator and producer of Plié For The People, an online ballet training program on YouTube that is gradually gaining international appeal. Mimi is finishing off her second Masters in Dance Education at Hunter College on full scholarship. She believes her success means making a difference in her students' lives, and she is most passionate about demystifying the art of ballet for a diverse group of students.