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Dr. Li Lei received her Ph.D. degree in Dance and Dance Education with an emphasis in Dance Teaching and Administration in Higher Education from New York University in 1999 and M.A. degree in Dance from Brigham Young University in 1994. Dr. Lei has been the Director of the Dance Department at Dixie State University since July 1, 2000. She is a tenured professor in dance at Dixie State University and the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award. She has taught theory, technique, composition, and performance courses. She established the Dixie State Dance Company in the fall of 2001 and has been the Artistic Director of the dance company. Dr. Lei was a professional dancer for eight and a half years in China, for five years as a principal dancer, performing ballet as well as Chinese traditional and ethnic dances. Dr. Lei taught physics at a university in China for nine years before she came to the U.S.A. in 1991 as a visiting scholar under the invitations from Dickinson College in PA and Brigham Young University in UT. She is one of the few people in the world having extensive professional experience in both dance and physics, and still making significant contributions in the application of physical laws and principles to dance teaching and learning. Her articles on Physics of Dance were published in American dance research publications. Her Ph.D. dissertation title is The Relevance of Newton’s Laws and Selected Principles of Physics to Dance Techniques: Theory and Application (Copyright © 1999 Li Lei). Dr. Lei has taught workshops and seminars on scientific teaching methodology to dance educators and students at universities, as well as given presentations at international conferences and universities worldwide.