Irina Cheng, Guest Instructor
Irina joined Champaign Ballet Academy in 2007 and began performing with Champaign Urbana Ballet in 2011. As a company dancer with Champaign Urbana Ballet, she danced the roles of Sugarplum Fairy, Rose Queen, and Clara in The Nutcracker, Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, and Pas de Trois in Swan Lake. Irina began assisting with teaching at CBA in 2017 and teaching in 2018. Irina is currently a senior at Northwestern University (Class of 2023) studying biomedical engineering on the pre-med track, with research in bioinformatics; in her spare time, she dances with the Northwestern Typhoon Chinese Dance Troupe and the Northwestern Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Team.