Ellen Gerdes currently teaches dance, its theory, and its education at Temple University, Drexel University, the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures School, and in Philadelphia’s public schools through Koresh Dance Company’s outreach program. Her work as a dance educator is deeply informed by her ethnographic research and written scholarship on dance of the Chinese Diaspora. She is published by the Asian Theatre Journal, Dance Chronicle, Journal of Dance Education, SAGAR, and Critical Studies: Critical Methodologies; the Association for Asian Performance awarded her the Emerging Scholars Award in 2007. While living in China in 2006, she performed the title role of the operetta, Iolanthe, as a member of the Shanghai International Festival Chorus. In Philadelphia, she performs for independent choreographers, and as a member of the Mendelssohn Club Choir and the Leah Stein Dance Company. She earned a B.A. in dance from Wesleyan University and an Ed.M. in dance from Temple University.