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  • BEIJING MODERN DANCE COMPANY - accomplished dance company from Beijing led by Willy Tsao
  • MARIYA BARREDO - - Dame Margot Fonteyn proclaimed she had earned the title Prima Ballerina.
  • DANIEL "CLOUD" CAMPOS - Hot Asian Dancer on Madonna's Tours
  • SAE LA CHIN - born in Seoul, South Korea, she has been a Radio City Rockette, toured nationally with Fosse and The King and I. She's performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Ensemble and in Donald Byrd's Harlem Nutcracker.
  • MOONEA CHOI - Performer with the Livingston Dance Co.
  • FANG YI SHEU - Featured dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company
  • ALBERT GUERZON - dancer has been in the productions of Momma Mia and The Wiz
  • TATSUMI HIJIKATA & SANKAI JUKU - "I was born from the mud and sod," Hijikata once declared. But like many other butoh dancers, the members of Sankai Juku look born from clouds or mist: nearly naked, hairless, painted white from head to toe — as disembodied as living humans could possibly become. And they have influenced contemporary dancers everywhere by showing how receptive audiences can be to a slowly evolving, essentially meditative experience in which the choreography doesn't so much directly express anything as represent a search for meaning within a central metaphor. BUTOH was born in the decade after World War II as the ultimate underground dance idiom. From the first, it embraced the irrational, the violent, the morbid, the sexual and the sense of decay pervading Japanese life, rejecting "the calm beauty of Japan" and other clichés through which a conquered, deeply divided nation tried to reimagine and merchandise itself.
  • AKRAM KHAN - Latest star in the international dance scene.
  • DARREN LEE - dancer last scene in the movie "Chicago"
  • EDWARD LIANG - Soloist with New York City Ballet
  • SI-HWA NOH - Youngest member of the Romulo Larrea Tango Ensemble.
  • RITA OKAMOTO - born in Japan, was in the original cast of Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel's Movin' Out on Broadway. She has worked with Martha Graham Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Robert Wilson, Buglisi/Foreman, Pearl Lang, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Yuriko, Lois Greenfield. Also, Julie Taymor's new film Across the Universe. And the best of all, Wayan's mom.
    Her participation in "Memoirs of a Geisha" - Several years ago, Steven Spielberg found a Japanese Sayuri. He acquired the rights to "Memoirs" in 1997 (back then, Akira Kurosawa, the legendary Japanese film director who was a friend and hero to the American director, was pressing him to shoot the movie in Japanese with English subtitles) and within a year, he cast Rika Okamoto, a Tokyo-born, New York-based dancer, in the lead. "I was very lucky at that time," Okamoto said in a phone interview from New York, where she now dances in the Tony Award-winning "Movin' Out." But filming kept getting postponed and, "as things dragged on, I had to move on with my life," she says.
  • MAILE OKAMURA - San Diego native was a member of Boston Ballet II, Ballet Arizona, Neta Pulvermcher, Zvi Gotheiner, Gerald Casel, and others before joining Mark Morris Dance Group in 1998.
  • YUKI TAKARA - This native from Okinawa, Japan has credits that includes Regional Theater (The Fantasticks/Luisa at Sacramento Music Circus and A Chorus Line/Connie) at Geva Theatre) TV ("Law & Order: SVU) National Tours (Flower Drum Song - Mei-Li), on Broadway (Pacific Overtures/2004 revival, Flower Drum Song/2002 revival and Mamma Mia!), appearing on Radio City Musical Hall's Christmas Spectacular; City Center Encores!, Hair and Bye Bye Birdie (Sad Girl).
  • JASON TAM - Hawaiian native and NYU grad has credits on Broadway (Les Miserables. regional (She Loves Me at The Guthrie Theatre, West Side Story, King and I, Oklahoma! And Footlose at Sacramento Music Circus, King and I at Casa Manana) and TV ("Beyond the Break")
  • JOHNNY TU - danced with Los Angeles Mexican Dance Theatre, Bridge Dance Theatre, Trip Dance Theatre and has appeared works by Stella Gardiner (Aida) and Dulce Capedocia (Ma'I Lost).
  • PEARL UBUNGEN - A fourth generation Filipina American creates work that reflects an authentic urban landscape through an innovative use of post-modern dance with elements of theatre, text, popular culture and original live music.
  • YUAN YUAN TAN - a celebrated ballet dancer whose graceful form has attracted the attention of magazines like W and VOGUE
  • ZHANG WEI QIANG - Starred in Royal Winnipeg Ballet's movie "Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary,"
  • LOUISE MITA JUNG - Acclaimed dancer/choreographer whose dancing has been seen in countless videos, movies, shows and performances for Great Leap
  • BAAYORK LEE - At the age of 5, she was chosen to be in the original production of Rogers & Hammerstein's "The King and I." Years later, she appeared in "Flower Drum Song." On Broadway she created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line, serving as Assistant Choreographer to Michael Bennett. The King & I (2004-5 tour), R&H's Cinderella at NY City Opera, Barnum for Cy Coleman in Sydney, Australia, Porgy and Bess and Jesus Christ Superstar's European Tours. The Kennedy Center's Carmen Jones (Vanessa Williams) conducted by Placido Domingo, Gypsy (Signature Theater-Arlington, Virginia) and William Finn's A New Brain, touring productions of "A Chorus Line" and others - often with her daughter Susan Kikuchi. She was Associate Director for Barbara Cook: A Broadway Evening. Credits as resident choreographer for the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center include the World Premiere of Goya (Placido Domingo) and Sly (Jose Carreras), as well as The Merry Widow, Eugene Onegin, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Pearl Fishers, La Rondine, Christopher Columbus, and The Ballad of Baby Doe. Opera credits include: Aida (Michigan Opera), La Gioconda (Baltimore Opera), Spring Parade (Trieste Festival, Italy) The Nose and The Cunning Little Vixen (Spoleto Festival, Italy). For the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Baayork has choreographed Damn Yankees, Camelot, Coconuts, Animal Crackers (Helen Hayes Nomination) and South Pacific (Helen Hayes Nomination). In Italy, she choreographed La Cage Aux Folles, Cabaret, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Singin' in the Rain. An original cast member in a dozen Broadway shows, Baayork created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line. She was Associate Choreographer for Tommy Tune's My One and Only and Assistant Choreographer for Michael Bennett and has directed over 35 companies of A Chorus Line. Ms. Lee is the co-author of On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line published by William Morrow. She is proud to be the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Asian Woman Warrior Award from Columbia College in Chicago.
  • WILLY TSAO - BEIJING LDTX - Willy Tsao is the Johnny Appleseed of Chinese modern dance, creating or upgrading companies in city after city. His latest, Beijing LDTX Modern Dance Company, is a spinoff of the ensemble with a nearly identical name and roster that Tsao brought to the Watercourt in California Plaza. Willy Tsao established CCDC in 1979 and has become its Artistic Director since 1989. His important choreographed works include Requiem, Hell Screen, Wanderings in the Cosmos, Three Romantic Chinese, A Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi, Tales from the Middle Kingdom, China Wind¡EChina Fire,Sexing Three Millennia, 365 Ways of Doing and Undoing Orientalism and One Table N Chairs. His works have been presented in arts festivals in Canada, Korea, Israel, Germany, Singapore as well as Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei in China.
  • JUNE WATANABE - Highly acclaimed dancer/choreographer whose themes are often drawn from Asian Pacific American history.
  • SHEN WEI - NYC-based choreographer, dancer, painter and designer. In 2004, Monaco's Princess Caroline — honorary president of the five-day Monaco Dance Forum, which culminated with the Nijinskys — chose to present the award for emerging choreographer to Chinese-born dancer, choreographer and multimedia artist Shen Wei, (Artistic director of the New York-based Shen Wei Dance Arts)


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