Lue Thao was a speakers at the 2020 “Dancing while Hmong” event, a unique collaboration between Hmong Museum and MN Dance & the Ecstasies of Influences to share stories by dance practitioners and organizers from immigrant and refugee communities in Minnesota.
Why did you decide to participate in “Dancing while Hmong”?
“I decided to participate in this presentation because I believe it is an awesome opportunity for dancers to share our stories. Dancers do not get the recognition they deserve. I want to inspire others to pursue their dreams. I want to prove that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.“
What do you hope people learn or walk away from this event?
“I hope to inspire growing artists. I want to provide a platform for resources and knowledge to new generations. I hope people can see how talented this community is and the many artists that it homes. Also, as an artist, I strongly believe all works of art can be intertwined in many ways and I know we can all learn and support each other as well. I hope to raise awareness so that dancers can be recognized.”
What inspires you?
“Dancing is an expression for me, depending on the situation or mood my dancing may be a reflection of it. I am inspired to show my art in a positive light for all circumstances. What inspires me the most is sharing my craft and seeing growth from those individuals.”
More About Lue Thao
Lue Thao, also known as Bboy Finisher, is a professional dancer that teaches, travels, and competes around the US. In 2017, Lue founded Cypher Side Dance School and Studio with support from fellow collective artists of Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. He is currently a member of Optimistic Crew and has been dancing for 15 years with a teaching experience of 9 years. Lue has won over 20 competitions that includes in MN and out of state.
Originally born in Thailand, Lue has been raised in the East Side of Saint Paul for the majority of his life and graduated from Harding High School.
Lue has showcased on live TV for Fox 9 News and TPT. Lue also performs for the Minnesota NBA Timberwolves and Lynx halftime/quarter shows with a crew called First Avenue Breakers.
Other special performances Lue has done is for Justin Timberlake’s half-time Super Bowl 52 show, Vanilla Ice for the I Love The 90s Tour, and with Tori Kelly for the Prince Tribute Concert!