Education

MFA, BA, Dance, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA

Courses Taught

Modern Dance, as well as Dance History, Topics in Dance Entrepreneurship, Contact Improvisation, and Professional Development (senior capstone)

Research Interests

Drag, Distance Dance, Entrepreneurship

Publications

I am not myself these days* (2019) Going Dutch Festival, Elgin, IL (Commission)

RagTag (2019) Research Project #19, Chicago, IL, Chelonia, Beloit, WI

Milk Jug Luminary* (2018) Going Dutch Festival, Elgin, IL, Get It Out There, Milwaukee,
WI, Chelonia, Beloit, WI (performed by Gabrielle Garcia)

THE CHROMATIC GOSPEL (2018) Chelonia, Beloit, WI, American College Dance
Association, Madison, WI

GAZE* (2017) (as Distance Dances) Going Dutch Festival, Elgin, IL

Clementine, Miss Millie Millicent, Hubert K, and Lil Dinah (2017) Chelonia, Beloit, WI

Too Cool for School (2016) Queerly Contemporary Festival, NYC, NY (2018), Going Dutch
Festival, Elgin, IL (2017), Milwaukee Fringe Festival, Milwaukee, WI (2016)

Faux Fur (2016) World Dance Alliance – Global Summit, Newfoundland, Canada (2017)
Richmond Dance Festival, Richmond, VA (2016), Chelonia, Beloit, WI, American College
Dance Association, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI, (Gala selection, 1st Alternate
National Festival) (2016)

Cosmo + Sparkles (2015) Milwaukee Fringe Festival, Milwaukee, WI (2016),
Chelonia, Beloit, WI, American College Dance Association (Informal), Iowa State University,
Ames, Iowa,

About Face (2014) (Dance for Camera in collaboration with Toby Walters)
Elgin Ties Dance Festival, Elgin, IL, Chelonia, Beloit, WI

The power dynamic between vocalist and back up dancers examined through the lens
of subversive bitchiness –OR- A Dance to the Humpty Dance (2014) Chelonia, Beloit, WI,
American College Dance Festival, Milwaukee, WI, Sudden Spring, Chicago, IL

H-O-T* (2013) (as Distance Dances) GreenSpace Blooms Festival, Queens, NY, American
College Dance Festival Faculty Concert, Mankato, MN
Admiral. Admiralty. Admire. (2013) Chelonia, Beloit College, Beloit, WI

Sunshine/Moonshine (2012) Chelonia, Beloit College, Beloit, WI

Sea Level* (2011) (as Distance Dances) Dialogues in Dance, Cincinnati, OH, Beloit
International Film Festival, Beloit, WI

There is only one Tina (2011) Chicago Fringe Artists Night, Chicago, IL, Chelonia, Beloit
College, Beloit, WI

Equitaziones (2010) Spring Departures, DanceWorks Performance Company 2,
Milwaukee, WI (2011), Chelonia, Beloit College, Beloit, WI, American College Dance
Festival, Urbana, IL (2010)

Distance Dances - Beloit to Dayton* (2010) (as Distance Dances collaboration)
Ammerman Biennial Symposium for Arts and Technology, Connecticut College, New
London, CT

Adagio* (2009) Performática: Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea y Artes de
Movimiento, Puebla, México (2010), World Dance Alliance Americas Assembly, Madison,
WI (2009), Something Else Gets Made, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY
(2009)

Allen Smithee Attempts Math (2009) DanceWorks Performance Company 2, Milwaukee,
WI

one, to, four* (2008) collaboration with Renata Sheppard, World Dance Alliance - Americas
Assembly, Madison, WI

i’m gonna lock you in my pocket* (2008) Hollins University/The American Dance Festival
MFA Thesis Concert, The American Dance Festival, Durham, NC, Causing Effect
Danceworks, Milwaukee, WI

Little Houses* (2008) MFA Works performed at the American Dance Festival, Durham, NC,
Works in Progress Konservatorium Wien, Privatuniversitaet, Vienna, Austria, and WUK,
Vienna, Austria, Informal showing, Webster University, St. Louis, MO

Lumiere D’Ampoule* (2007) Sundance Screendance Festival, Salt Lake City, UT (2011),
Arizona Dance Film Festival, Phoenix, AZ (2010), San Francisco Dance Film Festival, San
Francisco, CA (2010), Society of Dance History Scholars Conference, Stanford, University,
Palo Alto, CA (2009), Internet Killed the Video Star, Movement Research, NYC, NY (2009),
Screendance Festival, Danceworks, Milwaukee, WI (2008), Dance for the Camera Festival,
The American Dance Festival, Durham, NC, (2007)

The Side-Show Series* (2007) multi-media performance, video collaborator Joe Kirschling,
Art-to-Art, Danceworks, Milwaukee, WI

Tall Lady* (2007) Fall Dance Gathering Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, Inside/Out on City
Ballet Theatre, Vogel Hall, Milwaukee, WI
Book Smarts (2007) Inside/Out City Ballet Theatre, Vogel Hall, Milwaukee, WI

Layering* (2006) video collaborator Joe Kirschling, Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee,
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Woman and Spoon: a love duet *(2006) Inside/Out on City Ballet Theatre, Vogel Hall,
Milwaukee, WI, Spring Dances (on a Pius XI High School student) Milwaukee, WI,

Gina T’ai


Adjunct Associate Professor of Dance


  taig@beloit.edu   608-363-2165   Hendricks Center
  • Gina T’ai
    Gina T’ai

T’ai creates and crafts performances, dances, and spectacles. She is a drag performer and staple of the drag pageant judging panel in WI and IL. Her stage work has been presented nationally and internationally at Performatica (Mexico), World Dance Alliance- Americas and Global Summit (Canada), The American Dance Festival (ADF), Center for Performance Research (NYC), Richmond Dance Festival (VA), The Wuk (Austria) and beyond. Ms. T’ai recently received a commission for a new solo to premiere at the Going Dutch Festival. She is training to teach dance classes to people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Her favorite class to teach is Performing Gender which encourages students to explore the ways they interpret and perform gender on a daily basis as well as creating a character to perform in a drag and burlesque spectacular put on at the end of the semester.  She loves being “House Mama” to all queer and queer ally students in the class community.

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