Ruby Chan was born in Taiwan; her parents migrated to New Zealand when she was 13. She has a multicultural perspective on life, which is expressed through her artistic creations as a dancer/choreographer.
Ruby has studied dance from a very young age; her training has incorporated various styles, including both Western and Eastern contemporary and classical forms. At age 18, Ruby decided to study dance professionally and was accepted for study at the University of Surrey in London.
Ruby has performed at many venues around the world. In London she danced with professional dance companies and also formed her own dance theatre called Dance & Music, which is a long-term collaboration with a concert pianist and an illustrator – the group has performed throughout Europe and Asia.
In 2007, Ruby joined Legend Lin Dance Theatre in Taiwan, and together with the company performed at the Madrid Summer Art Festival, and the National Theatre of Taiwan. Ruby also has honoured been invited to perform for Princess Anne in London and Beatrix of the Netherlands.
In 2011, Ruby has returned to New Zealand, continue working as a dance teacher at schools and freelancer while becoming a mother. Apart from dance, she has been writing and translating books.
Since 2016 Ruby has starting to make films and has been working closely with a Taiwanese Director and a French Composer, and she is hoping to share her interesting life experiences and story to border audiences.
2004 MA in Dance Studies, University of Surrey, UK
2002 BA (Hons) in Dance Studies, University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK
1997 University Entrance Certificate, Nelson Girls College New Zealand