Founder

Ginny Ching-Yin Lo is the founder and artistic director of Identity since 2014. She was born in Hong Kong and received her early dance training with the Hong Kong Ballet; then she continued with Elizabeth Boitsov in Chicago. Ginny had danced professionally with the Boitsov Classical Ballet and the Illinois Ballet Theater.

She holds a B.A. in dance from Columbia College, Chicago and an M.A. in Communication and Culture from Trinity International University, IL. Ginny has taught dance over 20 years in dance studios, public schools and conferences. She was a guest dance faculty at Tongji University Dance Education in Shanghai for 2 years. Ginny also led the Shanghai Migrant Performing Troupe for 4 years which produced 40 touring performances annually until she repatriated back to Chicago. Her broad teaching experience covers beginner to professional levels. Her works have been presented in the US, China, France and Germany, some of her works were nominated for the Chicago Dance Achievement Award. 
 
Updated Newsletter from Ginny 
 
We share the highlights of 2018:
- We have continue to serve the underserved community in Evanston by providing FREE dance programs in Family Focus Evanston. The support of our annual High Tea fundraising event and a grant from Evanston Art Council enables this important work for pre teens and teens in our community. One adult expressed,
"Our partnership with Identity has strengthen the girls self-esteem, teamwork, also have showed them that with discipline, consistency and hard work, the result in the end will be positive."

- Identity curated two community performances in Morton Grove with the support of the Morton Grove Community Relationship Commission and a grant from Morton Grove Foundation. One of our guest attendees commented, "You really showed the diversity of a community through art... diversity of form, meaning and participants..."

- I was invited to perform for the opening of Masterful Moxie: the POWER of ART, DANK Haus, Chicago. One of the 40 international performers, I was invited to dance in Project Dance Paris to amplify hope and peace. In Milwaukee, I headed the dance department of Karitos conference, training both professional and amateur dancers.

As we looking forward for a new year, Identity is committed to our mission: connect (the community), create (dance work), affirm (their identities).
CHANGE begins here and you have been part of this CHANGE movement, to create something bigger than ourselves and the people we serve.