Founder

Ginny Ching-Yin Lo is the founder and artistic director of Identity Performing Arts, established in 2016. She was born in Hong Kong and trained with the Hong Kong Ballet; then she continued training with Elizabeth Boitsov in Chicago. Ginny had danced 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 from beginner to professional level. She has served on dance faculty at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. She led the Shanghai Migrant Performing Troupe that produced 40 touring performances annually, which was integral to Ginny's life mission to share their spiritual faith. Her choreographed works have been performed in the U.S., China, France and Germany; a variety have been nominated for the Chicago Dance Achievement Awards. Through each piece, dance is her vehicle to express societal issues, with the intent to heal and restore the community. 
 
Updated Newsletter from Ginny and Identity Board 


Since November 2020, Identity has continued to create an evolving, evocative Trilogy dance project, filmed vs in person due to pandemic retrictions. 
 
We resumed our in person rehearsals with Covid protocol call last Spring, launching our first outdoor Summer concert in Lincoln Park, Chicago, then showcasing our first Fall live concert "Vicissitudes" on stage, collaborating with live music group Chromabeats to close our 2021 season.
 
Identity was honored to receive the Mayor's Award for the Arts from the Evanston Art Council of 2021. We successfully continued the bi-annual Morton Grove Community Performance Series virtually in Spring and a live performance last Fall. Our full year youth dance program with Family Focus Evanston was uninterrupted despite the Covid challenges in teaching dance virtually. 
 
As we look ahead to 2022, Identity has lined up our Spring and Summer performance schedule including local performing venues, a tour in Germany and our first Summer Elpis Dance Fest to echo The Year of Chicago Dance. Ginny is excited by her continued collaboration of original choreography with Chromabeats music and to bring new dance work performances to the stage this year. 
 
Intensity. Transcendency
 
Love, Loss, Lingering
 
Brutality
 
We value your support and presence in our past events. We look forward to seeing you in our 2022 events. 
 
Ginny Ching-Yin lo & Identity Board: Jill Diez, Martina Keller and Sharon Meyers.
 
Identity is committed to our mission: connect (the community), create (dance works), 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. We are a not for profit, 501 C 3 organization, founded in 2016.