Yanyihan Luna Lu

Yanyihan Luna Lu

Journeying from Beijing, China, to study economics at The University of Tulsa, Yanyihan "Luna" Lu never imagined she’d have an immediate impact on campus. Luna has a special talent — traditional Chinese fan dancing. Eager to participate in campus life, she signed up for TU’s "So You Think You Can Dance?" competition, and was voted winner by the audience.

Dance first brought Lu (who is also majoring in musical theatre) to the U.S., when she performed as part of a Chinese dance group at the 2008 Rose Parade. It was China’s first time to participate in the extravaganza, she says. "I was so proud of that." Her enthusiasm did not wane once she arrived on campus. "The first day I came here, I just fell in love with TU and Tulsa."

She quickly became involved in other activities, serveing as vice president of the Asian American Association and vice president of a Chinese dance club. For 2013-14, she will be president of the Association of International Students and still find time to teach a master class in the traditional dance form.