School of the Arts offers a comprehensive curriculum of traditional and folk dance, Chinese dance technique, martial arts, arts and crafts, Chinese language and cultural appreciation all year-round. All classes are taught by the region’s most highly accomplished and professionally trained artists. (In alphabet order, except school director)

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. 

David Fung

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.

Angela Lai

Angela Lai graduated with the degree in Communication Design (Advertising Design) from the First Institute of Art and Design in Hong Kong, and Pattern Making and Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She currently teaches Chinese calligraphy and brush painting at various New York City after-school programs, and teaches lantern making and art at NYCCC.

Jiao Li

Jiao Li is Chinese native graduate from Temple University
Master of Fine Art in Modern dance. After receiving her BA
from Beijing Dance Academy in Chinese Folk dance, she served
as an Adjunct Professor in the dance department of University
of Sports in China. She has previously had the great honor of
performing at China’s National Center for the Performing Arts.
She was invited to dance at the New York Times Square
Countdown Live 2017. She participated in Hong Kong
international Choreography Festival and presented her piece in
Sheung Wan Civic Center Theater.

Wanru Lin

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 celebration.

Takae Kawabe

Takae performed as a member of COBU, a traditional Taiko drumming and rhythmic dancing group, from 2011 to 2017. With COBU, she travelled across the United States and Japan. Recently, she made a substantial contribution to the group's European debut in Italy and Switzerland. Her unique style of performance comes from the fusion of where she is from (Japan) and where she now calls home (New York).

Jiali Wang

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.

Yanhua Wang

Yanhua Wang graduated from the Chinese Yunnan Medical University.  After graduating, she went onto China’s Henan Province, where she trained intensively in the technique of Chen Si Tai Qi Chuan.  Since coming to America, Wang has trained many students in the art of Kung Fu, which includes sword techniques and Tai Qi Chuan.  In 2001 Wang was awarded 2nd place in the New York International Kung Fu Competition in the categories of Tai Qi and Double Sword.

Bin Zhai

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.

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