About Caili Quan

New York, NY

Raised in Guam, trained in New York, and currently a dancer with BalletX since 2013, Caili Quan (CBA ’20) has choreographed for Konverjdans, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, CelloPointe, and St. Paul’s School. With BalletX, she has performed new works by Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Gabrielle Lamb, Trey McIntyre, and Penny Saunders, among others, and danced at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Vail Dance Festival, Central Park SummerStage, Belgrade Dance Festival and the Joyce Theater. Quan’s piece Fancy Me was programmed by Damian Woetzel as part of the Vail Dance Festival in 2018. Quan will be choreographing a new work for BalletX’s 2020 Summer Series.

The focus of Quan’s API Fellowship will be to research new ways of integrating the pointe shoe in contemporary movement. She plans to explore this question through a new work for Konverjdans and the development of her first dance short film.

BalletX nominated Caili Quan to serve as an Artistic Partnership Initiative Fellow in Summer 2019. 

The Artistic Partnership Initiative is a collaboration between CBA and professional dance companies around the world to advance the art of choreography. API Fellows are selected by companies’ artistic directors for their notable choreographic abilities and are awarded a 3-4 week residency to develop new work with the full resources of CBA and NYU.


Caili Quan headshot

Caili Quan. Photo by Sara Black

Caili Quan headshot