David has trained in the martial arts since the age of 12. He has experience in contemporary and traditional Shaolin kung fu, qi gong, and tae kwon do. He achieved a third degree black belt in tae kwon do and has trained in several of the arts of Shaolin, specializing in Zen finger and diamond finger. David is also a 35th generation Shaolin disciple under Master Guolin and was given the name Heng Tong. In addition to his martial arts training, David is officially certified in Shaolin History and Philosophy. Besides teaching and performing with New York Chinese Cultural Center, David is also an instructor at Manhattan Shaolin Kungfu.
In 2001 Wanru entered Beijing's Jia Zuoguang Chinese Professional Dance School. From there she entered the Central University for National Dance in 2006 for her bachelor's degree.
Wanru won a four-year professional first-class scholarship and a national scholarship.
In 2008 she attended the opening ceremony of the torch relay for the Beijing Olympic Games and the Beijing Olympic Games Olympic Village Hall performances. She has been invited to the country's Ministry of Culture program as a solo actor. In 2015 she worked at the New York Chinese Cultural Center as an actor, dance teacher and choreographer. Wanru has also performed in the United States in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Overseas Chinese Office for National Day and in Times Square for the 2016 New Year's Eve celebrationAdd News Story here
Jiali Wang was a Chinese traditional dancer working for Sichuan Song and Dance Company (2003 to 2005). She graduated from Beijing Dance Academy (2016- 2010) with her Bachelor’s degree in Modern Dance and many different experiences of national and international dance competitions, such as: The 5th Seoul International Dance Competition and The 1st Lotus Cup National College Dance Competition in China (2008); The 4th Huabei Dance Competition. Wang worked with Tao Dance Theater in Beijing for contemporary dance performance, Now Dance, in 2010. Her dance work “A Small Potato” got golden medal for choreography and performance in The 8th Guangdong International Dance Festival (2011). During her MFA study at The College at Brockport, State University of New York (2014-2017), Wang also won many dance awards and participated in various dance performances and festivals, such as: Dance/Hartwell Concert; Brockport International Festival; Dance/Strasser Concert; Morning Dance Concert2015; NDEO Tiny Dance Concert2015; ACDA Conference2016; American Dance Festival2016; Sankofa Dance/Music Concert; Modern Language Festival; Water Music Festival2017. She got The Pylyshenko Family Endowment Fund for International Student Award and the SUNY Brockport Summer Dance Award with the David Dorfman Dance Company (2015). As the representative of the Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport, Wang’s duet, Journal, was selected to perform in American College Dance Festival in 2016. Wang received the Six Weeks School Tuition Scholarship of American Dance Festival 2016 and performed one of the Footprints dance works, Walk, choreographed by Vanessa Voskuil at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. In 2017, Wang’s MFA Thesis work, Inside7, performed at Mark Morris Dance Center for Brockport Alumni Showcase and another work "A Clock Chaos" was selected to show in CBG Dance Fall Festival at Access Theater in Manhattan.
Yang Wang received her BFA in Dance Performance, Choreography, and Teaching from Nanjing Normal University. In 2008, Yang danced in Chinese contemporary dance piece “Grand River” and won the grand prize in Jiangsu He Hua Bei Dance Competition as well as the First Place in National College Folk Dance Competition. Yang has also presented her research in many public academic conferences in both America and China such as American College Dance Festival, Graduate Research Conference, and Wuxi LDJ Creative Art Center. Yang's MFA Thesis has been published at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. She recently received her MFA in Dance and Choreography from SUNY Brockport. Yang is a principal choreographer, dancer and dance teacher for NYCCC since 2014.
Xiaoxiao Wang is a dancer and educator specialized in Chinese traditional dance and folk dance. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Chinese Folk Dance from Beijing Dance Academy and her Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. During 12 years of professional training at Beijing Dance Academy, she won several awards in national dance competitions. Her solid professional technique and cultural background also prepare her to be proficient in teaching Chinese dance.
Jia Yan (Jessie) Yong began studying and performing ballet with the Shanghai Little Swan Ballet Troupe while in China. After arriving in New York, she danced at the Joffrey Ballet School graduated from Queens College with a double major in dance and graphic design, from where she received a Scholarship Award and an award for Excellence in Dance. She has studied under Yin Mei, Joseph Mills, Diane Sichel and Patrick Widrig. She also trained at NYCCC, learning a full range of Chinese dance. Jia Yan has performed at the Queens Museum of Art, Downtown Dance Festival, City Center, Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2007 and Solstice in Times Square. She was also a guest instructor at Hunter College. Ms. Yong has been part of the teaching staff at NYCCC since 2002 and a company member with Dance China NY since 2005.
Bin Zhai is a graduate of the Shenyang Peking Opera Academy and performed as a principal artist with the Shenyang Peking Opera Company. His specialties are in the warrior and hualian roles. While in China, Zhai received first place in the Liaoning Province Performing Arts Competition. He has been on the NYCCC teaching staff since 2004 and has performed frequently with DCNY since 2003.
Bei Zheng is a graduate from the Hebei Province Art School. After graduation, she joined the Hebei Province Song and Dance Company as a principal dancer. Bei was the principal dancer for the “Ancient Chinese Huang God” dance from 1996 to 1999 and has won the National Best Performance Award in China. She has been performing and teaching in the U.S. since 2000. Bei has been a principal performer with DCNY since 2004.
Jun Zhou, a dance artist, choreographer, and educator, currently teaches dance and Mandarin language to students of all age in New York city. He graduated from New York University with an MA in Dance Education and studied Laban Movement Analysis System at Laban Bartenieff Institute. Born and raised in China, he was provided with a great opportunity to master Chinese folk dance and other dance genres such as ballroom and modern dance, hip hop, to name but a few. The dance pieces he choreographed have been performed at Town Hall, PlayStation Theater, and other theaters to name a few. Last year, he just finished touring with Fish Leong in North America as a solo dancer, and successfully performed for Time Square New Year’s Eve show. As of now, he has performed all over the United States as well as in Sweden, Denmark, and Italy. During his undergraduate years at Beijing Normal University, he majored in Dance and minored Chinese Language and Literature. Currently, as a resident of New York City, Jun Zhou works as an artist teaching in public schools and dance studios, while striving to improve his knowledge of dance and pursuing further education. He remains dedicated to and passionate about the fields of his choice. He strongly believes that learning should be fun and that making it happen is the key to helping students learn effectively and enjoy dancing.
Grant G. Zhuang
Grant G. Zhuang, School Director, graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 2009, majoring in Chinese Folk Dance performance. While studying at the Shandong Province Song & Dance Academy, Grant frequently represented his school in international performances, including a 2006 visit to S. Korea, to take part in a three-country friendship arts exchange, (S. Korea, Japan and China). Grant performed the Mongolian dance piece, Wolf Totem, which won second place at the 8th Taolibei National Dance Competition. He won an honorable mention in the CCTV National Dance Competition. He has also participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony piece, Silk Road, and in the 2007 celebration marking the 10-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China.