Artistic Director

Shu-Chen Cuff was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she established a well-rounded background in dance with training in Ballet, Modern, Chinese Opera movements, and various Chinese folk dances.  She immigrated to the United States to continue her training and pursue her dance journey. Shu-Chen received a B.F.A. from the University of Florida’s New World School where she graduated with honors on the Dean’s list.   Shu-Chen performed numerous classical and contemporary works while dancing with the Miami Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theater.  After relocating to the Washington, DC area in 2002, Shu-Chen worked with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company and has left her footprints around the world, touring to Asia, Central America, and Europe.  Shu-Chen has also performed at the International Dance Festival in Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

With her strong desire of creating refreshing and vitalizing works for the community, Shu-Chen established Gin Dance Company in 2011.  Shu-Chen’s works have been featured on FOX5 DC News as well as numerous publications including the Capital Hill Rag Magazine, Washington Flyer Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Reston Connection, MetroDC Theater Arts, and Shu-Chen was a featured model for Summer Chic Fashions at Lincoln Theatre with Washington Life Magazine.  Shu-Chen had an exclusive radio interview with Denise Turney.  Shu-Chen also has been a Finalist in the category of Outstanding Choreographer and Outstanding Individual Performer at the Dance MetroDC Awards.

Shu-Chen has a great passion to pass on her knowledge, experience, and her love of dance to young aspiring dancers. In this regard, she has taught and choreographed many works at Metropolitan School of the Arts, Ashburn Academy of Dance, Russell School of Ballet, Skye Ballet Center, Classical Ballet Theater and has been a guest instructor at numerous dance schools throughout Taiwan.  She is currently on the faculty of BalletNOVA Center for Dance, Metropolitan School of the Arts, and the Washington Ballet.

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