Ha-Chi Yu was born and raised on the Lower East Side of New York City and was accepted into The New Ballet School at age 12 as the result of an open audition (the notice for which, her mother fortuitously cut out of the newspaper). She began her apprenticeship with Feld Ballets/NY in 1993 at the age of 14 and danced with the company as soloist and later principal dancer from 1993-2003 (when the full-time company- aka Ballet Tech – disbanded). She continued working with Eliot Feld performing in ManDance Project through 2010. She danced in over 60 repertory ballets and participated in the creation of over 20 original ballets throughout her time dancing with Ballet Tech. She has performed on all types of stages all over the world and has had the thrilling opportunity to work with some of the greatest artists of out time including: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ben Vereen, Gregory Hines, Twyla Tharp, New York City Ballet, The Julliard School, Rubberbandance Group, Washington National Opera, CityDance Ensemble, Roger Jeffrey, Ludovic Jolivet, Rattlestick Theater Company, the Public Theater and she served a principal dancer and dance captain for the international tour of the Tony Award winning show FOSSE.
Ha-Chi graduated from the William Esper School (for drama) and has also worked in feature films and commercials as well as print modeling.
As a dance teacher, Ha-Chi has taught master classes at universities and schools internationally and from 2005-2009 was also the resident movement director for Godlight Theater Company. She is also a friend and devoted muse of dance photographer Lois Greenfield whom she has been working and collaborating with since she was a little 12 year old dancer. She is featured most recently in Lois’ new book (2016): Moving Still. loisgreenfield.com/moving-still-book