Nguyen Thi Minh-Chau (AKA Nansi) is currently a student at UC Davis. Talented in the choreography of cultural dances and an effective leader, she has been actively performing on stage since the age of six. Her creative and original style is inspired from her observation and interest in nature. Although born in the U.S.A., her cultural values are of no doubt. Greatly influenced by the beauty and grace of the Vietnamese culture, she pursues her heritage with burning interest.
Throughout her life, her dedication and hard work has accomplished awards of various kinds. From 1st place in the Morrill Middle School Talent Competition to bringing the Milpitas High School VSA 1st place for both the 5th and 6th annual Mid-Autumn Festival Cultural Dance Competitions, her talent had proven to be promising.
Aside from cultural contributions, she has placed her mark in the community as a strong leader, dedicating countless hours to organizing and actively participating in charity work such as the Jack Emery Drive, Annual AIDS Walk, Plant-A-Tree Committee, raising funds for the refugees, and countless others. Her position as Secretary (1995-1996) and President (1996-1997) of the Milpitas High School VSA allowed her to further influence the importance of cultural heritage among her peers and the community. During her years as a VSA Officer she successfully organized two cultural and fashion shows and two annual Milpitas New Year Banquets, including a summer dance at Friendship Hall, bringing together interactive members of the Vietnamese community along with other cultures as well. Performing from place to place, she uses this opportunity to help raise funds for many organizations and charities as well as to educate the community more on the Vietnamese culture. Some of these events include the Curtner International Fair, the Alexian Brothers Charity Show at the Fairmont Hotel, the YMCA Christmas Party for the refugees, the Buddhist Temple Religious Ceremonies, and various corporate events.
Nansi joined CCBV since Tet '97 and is currently an assistant choreographer. She joined CCBV because of the entertaining and friendly atmosphere. CCBV is very different in its style of dance and this is what interests her. She enjoys learning new things. The kindness and friendliness of the CCBV dancers is what makes her feel right at home. "Everyone is always there to help when you just don't get it!"
Currently at the age of 18, Nansi will be entering UC Davis as a Biochemistry major on a Jastro Memorial Scholarship. Although tight on time, she still plans on devoting her time and energy towards her cultural identity.