Ru was born in China and lives with her adoptive family in Traverse City. She is a part of the SCI-MA-TECH program at Central High School and will graduate with the Class of 2018. Ru began dancing when she was three and was seven when she decided that between dance, tennis, and gymnastics, she was most passionate about dance. She has since then been a member of Company Dance Traverse for seven years and she trains five to six days a week at Dance Arts Academy. Her pursuit and passion for dance have provided cultural experiences that have broadened her perspective on life, and she has had the opportunity to perform and train across the country, as well as in France.