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Lost and Found: Yunran Zhang, China

For one international student, dancing heals a broken heart

Last year we introduced readers to Lost & Found, a new animated series giving international students an opportunity to share their journey, discuss what they left behind in coming to BU, and pinpoint one thing that has helped them find a sense of community here.

We return this year with new stories. First up is Yunran Zhang (Questrom’19). As a child growing up in Chongqing, often referred to as “the mountain city of China,” Zhang fell in love with traditional Chinese dance. When she arrived as a freshman, she joined the Dance Theater Group, and a year later became a member of BU’s first traditional Chinese dance organization, Verge Dance Company. Next, she took classes in modern dance, hip-hop, and tap.

In the video above, Yunran Zhang (Questrom’19) talks about how she discovered contemporary dance after coming to BU and how it has allowed her “to discover who I am on the inside.”

Last spring, following a difficult breakup, Zhang found consolation in dance, choreographing a piece that could express both the heartbreak she felt and the return of happiness she eventually experienced.

“I needed a way to deal with my own emotions,” she says. “I like dancing because I never feel alone. It’s a way of discovering who I am on the inside.”

View the first installment of BU Today’s Lost & Found series here and the second installment here.

Carlos Soler can be reached at csoler@bu.edu. Bill Politis can be reached at bpolitis@bu.edu.


9 Comments on Lost and Found: Yunran Zhang, China

  • Stephanie on 10.16.2017 at 7:37 am

    So beautiful! I love how dance can act like therapy. Thank you for sharing!

  • Micki Taylor-Pinney on 10.16.2017 at 9:06 am

    What a wonderfully artful video with Yunran’s personal story of how dance can heal and empower. Thank you for sharing.

  • Meg on 10.23.2017 at 11:01 am

    Just beautiful! I’m not a dancer myself, but I have been moved to tears many times watching contemporary dance. I can’t describe it, but it just has a WAY of hitting you with unspoken emotions. Thank you for sharing, both to Yunran and the animator.

  • Xier Nie on 10.23.2017 at 9:45 pm

    Amazing video which also expressed BU’s diversity of different culture.

  • Shilin Xia on 10.27.2017 at 8:32 pm

    So beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shuchita Rao on 06.04.2018 at 9:06 am

    Great job Carlos Soler, Bill Politis and Alan Wong!

  • Sophie Li on 06.04.2018 at 9:53 am

    beautiful animation and inspiring story

  • Yubo Dong on 06.04.2018 at 1:45 pm

    I am from China too, and I also like dancing. After I came to BU I discovered so many talented dancers and so many amazing dance groups. I have attended to many dance workshops, auditions from many different student dance groups. I also loved all the phenomenal dance performances, which were probably some of my favorite memories about BU.

  • Sarah Lattrell on 07.20.2018 at 12:44 pm

    Just came across this video series. Phenomenal work. Thank you for presenting these stories in such a beautiful way. And thank you to the students involved for sharing!!

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