Siye Tao

Siye Tao

Siye Tao is an Assistant Arts Professor of Dance at NYU Shanghai. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Dance Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Dance Education from Minzu University of China College of Dance, Beijing. 

Tao started her rigorous and professional dance training at the age of 11 in Beijing. For over fifteen years, she studied and practiced under the guidance of some prominent dance educators, who are from Tibet, Xinjiang, inner Mongolia, Yanbian, and Yunnan provinces. Since 2015, Tao has worked as a director, choreographer, performing artist on stage and on screen.

Tao was the prize winner in choreography at the 15th Beijing Dance Competition (at the national level). She was also the dance director and choreographer of the music and dance gala ‘The Poetry of China (2015-2017)’. Tao’s choreographies and dance films have been showcased nationally and internationally, such as Beijing Tian-Qiao Performing Arts Center, Nanshan Culture and Sport Center in Shenzhen, Shanghai Film Art Center, Glór Theater in Ireland, Dansmuseet in Stockholm, Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center, Sophia Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Théâtre du Marais in Val-Morin, Detroit Film Theater of Detroit Institute of Arts, etc. In particular, her recent two dance films, ‘Watch, and Being Watched’ and ‘Shattered Ripples’ have gained international recognitions and awards.

As a dancer, Tao also continues her career by performing, most recently at the Festival d’Avignon in France, National Centre for the Performing Arts of China, China Art Museum, Power Station of Art, Beijing Dance Festival, Guangdong Dance Festival, etc.



  • MFA, Dance Performance
    Minzu University of China
  • BA, Dance Education
    Minzu University of China


Research Interests

  • Dance Theater 

  • Improvisation

  • Screen-dance

Courses Taught

  • Ballet

  • Han-Tang Dances

  • Dances of Northern China

  • Dances of Southern China

  • Introduction to Dance & Movement