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Peter Chu
Peter Chu, originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida is a distinguished artist who strives to push the physical bounds of dance. He began his training as a competitive gymnast, later nurturing his artistry at Dussich Dance Studio where his evolution into dance began. As a BFA student at The Juilliard School (under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy), Chu was pushed further as a technical mover and began an explosive journey into choreography. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography.

In 2008, Chu formed a Las Vegas project-based company-chuthis. His multi-disciplinary dance company combines innovative lighting and sound with live contemporary movement. The company performed its wildly popular show Nothing Sticks in both NYC and Vancouver, BC, Canada. Chu presented his newest works, Face Her and Smile Masking, under a residency partnership with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and later premiered the works at Festival International DansEncore.

Recipient of the 2010 A.C.E. Capezio Award, Chu was also honored as selected choreographer for the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival (directed by Linda Kent) and choreographed for the ninth and tenth seasons of "So You Think You Can Dance". He has created pieces for Naomi Stikeman (Çaturn; consulted by Robert Lepage), Orlando Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Giordano Dance Chicago, Houston Met Dance Company, and New Dialect.

In the summer of 2013, Chu was a guest teacher at BODYTRAFFIC in Los Angeles. He has also created for Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) Summer Intensive (2013, 2014, 2016), Springboard Danse Montréal (principal company), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Western Michigan University, The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, Brigham Young University Contemporary Dance Theatre, Southern University of Utah, and Alvin Ailey Certificate Program.

Teaching highlights include Harvard University, Hubbard Street Studio Series, The Dance Teacher Summit, and Movement Invention Project in NYC.

As a performer, Peter has danced with BJM Danse, EZdanza, as the lead in singer Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts" music video, in Celine Dion's Vegas spectacular "A New Day", and with Crystal Pite's company, Kidd Pivot.