YING-CHI LU began dancing at the age of three. Born in New Taipei City, Taiwan, Chi Lu attended her first ballet competition at age 11 and won first place. At age 15, Lu joined the Taipei National University of Arts, a prestigious seven-year program for dance training. The following year, Lu performed a variation from Le Corsaire at the Taiwan National Ballet Competition. She was offered a scholarship to the ballet program at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Throughout her four years in this collegiate ballet program, Lu performed numerous outstanding roles such as such as the Blue Variation from Joffrey’s Birthday Variations, Medora from Le Corsaire, the First Shade from La Bayadere and the lead role of Enigma Station, choreographed by Amy Seiwert. This is Lu’s first year with Ballet Spartanburg to begin her professional dance career.