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Yuehwern Yih

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Born: December 16
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Current location: Indiana, USA
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Yuehwern Yih is a Professional Ballroom Dancer, coach, choreographer, and adjudicator with over 20 years of dance experience. Yuehwern founded the Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team at Purdue University in Indiana in 1996, now of which she is the head coach. She is also the co-organizer of the Purdue Ballroom Classic Competition which has attracted more than 400 collegiate competitors from over 20 universities in the Midwest area in the last two decades.

Overview

Yuehwern Yih is a Professional Ballroom Dancer, coach, choreographer, and adjudicator. She is a certified adjudicator under the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) in International Style Latin and Standard. She is also a Championship Certified Adjudicator with the North American Dance Teachers Association (NADTA) and USA Dance in both of the International Styles (Latin and Standard) as well as in American Rhythm and American Smooth. In addition, Yuehwern is a certified scrutineer with the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and a certified Chair of Judges with USA Dance.

In addition to judging and choreographing, Yuehwern and her partner, Daniel Dilley, spend most of their time being the head coaches of the Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team. In 2010, when the Team was invited to compete on Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars on Fox TV, Dilley and Yih coached the dancers to a 1st round victory, and placed second in the Collegiate Formation Team competition at the finale.

Career as a Dancer & Instructor

Yuehwern was a finalist in many Professional events and a runner-up in various USA DanceSport Championships throughout a span of 15 years. Throughout her dancing career, Yuehwern was always fascinated by the dynamics, intricate synergy and kinetics between partners in competitive Ballroom Dancing. She is passionate about learning, teaching, and helping students find their pathways to success on and off the dance floor.

Yuehwern founded the Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team in 1996. Today, this team is not only ranked highly nationally, but is also the incubator of many DanceSport competitors, professionals, and lifelong dancers. Each year, Yuehwern organizes the "Purdue Ballroom Classic", which has attracted more than 400 collegiate competitors from over 20 universities in the Midwest area in the last two decades.

Yuehwern studied ballet and performed with the Lafayette Ballet Company before learning Ballroom Dance. In addition, she completed her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering, specializing in operation management and system engineering. She is currently a Full Professor in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and the Associate Director of Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

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