Jingqiu Guan grew up in Chengdu, China, where her love for dance was first ignited through the study of Chinese folk and classical dance. Her later exposure to modern dance and ballet allowed her to discover that dancing had become her way of life. Currently, Jingqiu is pursuing a doctoral degree in Culture and Performance at the Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance at UCLA. Her research explores the development of dance film in China and how these works engage with China's social and cultural transformation in the recent three decades. Her dance film works have appeared in a number of screendance festivals in the US, China, Hong Kong and Scotland. Jingqiu has also earned a BA in Economics and French from Saint Mary’s College, a Master’s Degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and an MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa. Jingqiu joined Opus this summer during which she taught movement class.