Zhixuan Zhu


Hometown: Ningbo, China Degree: B.A. Dance, Beijing Normal University Miki has had a keen interest in dance from a young age, studying classical ballet, Chinese dance, and folk dance in her high school’s professional dance groups. Her college thesis explored the combination of puppetry and dance, and was chosen as the outstanding graduation thesis for her major by the faculty. She also won the grand prize at the Korea Culture and Art International Exchange Association in 2019 for her piece In and Out. Since graduating college, Miki has focused on the possibilities of body movement, improvisation, and modern dance. Why Duke University? “I’m drawn to the inclusiveness of the Dance Program—lots of people from different countries and with different personalities and interests. Also, the interdisciplinary component fascinates me. I think this is a new concept in dance, and I’m excited to see the influences it has on the future of the discipline.” M.F.A. Research Miki’s research will focus on divinity objects such as shamans, Buddhism, sacrifice, and spirits.