Annie Yee talks about her career as a dancer, choreographer, and actress, as well as her work as a community activist with Chinese American Citizens Alliance. Annie discusses her time as a Laker girl with Paula Abdul, her love for Chinese dance, and her own mother’s acting prowess. (Intro: Friend Sorting)
Annie Yee was born and raised in Monterey Park and dedicated her life to the art of dance and theater. At an early age, her mother (Nancy Yee) exposed her to many types of dance: ballet, Chinese, tap, jazz and hula. After graduating from high school, Annie attended California State University, Los Angeles, where she studied theater, became a song leader, and joined the school’s dance company where she was announced dancer of the year. After graduation, Annie won several dance awards, including the prestigious scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC. She then got a job as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Rams, and soon after became a Los Angeles Laker Girl for three years where she danced with Paula Abdul. As an actress and dancer, Annie has performed across the U.S. in numerous high profile locales such as the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center and the Public Theater in New York City. In addition to working as a choreographer, Annie now teaches Chinese Dance at East Los Angeles College.