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Dance Troupe Staff


JADE LIN, Executive Director
  and Executive Artistic Director 
     

Ms. Jade Lin
is the Executive Director, Executive Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the American Chinese Society.  She received her B.A degree in music from the National Taiwan Normal University and also studied  Piano Pedagogy at the New England Conservatory.  She has been a  piano instructor  for more than forty years.

Ms. Lin  studied traditional Chinese classical and folk dance and ballet for seventeen years with Ms. Ryueh Tsai, well recognized as the  preeminent Chinese dance instructor in Taiwan.  Jade has performed as a soloist in "Les Sylphides" and "Giselle", and as a principle dancer in "Romeo and Juliet" and the second act of "Swan Lake".  Having choreographed and directed prize-winning Chinese dances in Taiwan.  Ms. Lin received many National Cultural Award in Taiwan, Republic of China, for her outstanding achievements.

Ms. Jade Lin had been the Artistic Director and choreographer of the Traditional Chinese Dance Troupe of the American Chinese Art Society located in Woburn, MA from 1984 to 2008.  Over the years, she has taught traditional Chinese dance to students in many Boston institutions, including Lexington Chinese Language School, Newton Cantonese Chinese School, Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association, Harvard Asian Dance Troupe,  and the ACAS Dance Studio.  Since 1999, Ms. Lin has been the Director of the ACAS Chinese Dance Summer Workshop and she has also conducted the Children's Angel Chorus of the American Chinese Art Society, from 1985 to 1996.  Since September of 2009, Ms. Lin has become an Executive Artistic Director of the Tradutional Chinese Dance Troupe.

Ms. Lin has long been renowned in the Greater Boston area for her exceptional contributions to traditional Chinese dance.  In 2009, she became the first recipient in the Boston area of a prestigious "Hai-Hwa High Honon aweard" in recognition of her outstanding contributions to advancing the artistic heritage and promotion Chinese culture in Chinese communities.   She received 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award from Chinese Culture Connection and the 2002 Community Service Award of The Asian American Unity Dinner, Inc. to recognize her exemplary "devotion, dedication and skills in introducing Chinese art and culture to those residing in the Greater Boston area,  particularly to children".   She was selected by the Newton Women's Commission for recognition in a photo exhibit highlighting women as a major contributor in the field of Cultural Arts in year 2000, and also received a "Pride of Newton Award" to recognize her excellence in the arts in 1995.  In addition, she received an Official Citation for Outstanding Contributions from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate and a Citation for Contribution to the Cultural Exchange from the Massachusetts House of Representatives in July, 1989.  She was invited to serve as one of the choreographers for the 25th anniversary season Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble in 1990 and she choreographed "The Great Tea House", a new musical drama produced by Millennium Music Center in Woburn that premiered in May , 2001. 

 


GRACE KAKI CHAN,
Artistic Director & Choreographer

   Ms. Grace Kaki Chan began studying dance and performing as a dances while attending SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School in Hong Kong where she was exposed to a broad spectrum of dances from both the Asian and Western cultural traditions.  After three years with the Mok Sau Tseng's Dance Group and garnering numerous high honors, Ms. Chan participated in a performance at the farewell ceremony for the British Governor of Hong Kong.  After immigrating to the U.S., she continued to study and perform Chinese classical and folk dances in addition to taking other classes in ballet, hip-hop, Irish step dance and modern jazz.  She also took part in a six-city cultural exchange dance tour through Mainland China and had a solo performance at Hong Kong's Dance Expo 1998.  Ms Chan has also performed on “Asian Focus”, a Boston TV weekend program and for the Discovery Channel's TV advertisement of its "The Forbidden City" program.  Ms. Chan won the Best Chinese Minority Dance Award at the 9th North American Chinese Dance Competition held bi-annually in Vancouver, 2004, as well as the Highest Overall Score Award, Best Minority Dance Award, and the Most Authentic Chinese Dance Award at the 10th North American Chinese Dance Competition in 2006.  

Ms. Chan was a dance instructor with the Kwong Kow Chinese School.  She also taught Chinese folk dance classes at the Lexington Chinese School and for the Classic Chinese Dance Group.  Ms. Chan co-founded Dance Revelasian in 2003 and has been serving as its Artistic Director.  She was Dance Instructor and Choreographer for Tsai Fung Dance Troupe of the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association, the Dong Fang Dance Performance Arts, and the Lexington Chinese School.  She has taken lessons at and received certification as a Chinese Dance Instructor from the Beijing Dance Academy.


Men Lu, Choreographer and Instructor
 


Ms. Men Lu earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Peking University and Pennsylvania State University, respectively, and has been a dance instructor in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts since 2008. She was a lead dancer in many performances and has won first prizes in multiple national competitions. She has also received Honglou Award from Peking University for her special accomplishments in performing arts.  With more than 20 years of dance experience, Lu offers a unique insight into dance education. She believes that dance is more than just movements; it has the story, culture and history embedded in it. Dance is the channel for emotions and it delivers happiness. Her vision is to bring the joy of dance to more people. Besides being a dancer, she is also a professional photographer.

      

Ms. Men Lu earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Peking University and Pennsylvania State University, respectively, and has been a dance instructor in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts since 2008. She was a lead dancer in many performances and has won first prizes in multiple national competitions. She has also received Honglou Award from Peking University for her special accomplishments in performing arts.  With more than 20 years of dance experience, Lu offers a unique insight into dance education. She believes that dance is more than just movements; it has the story, culture and history embedded in it. Dance is the channel for emotions and it delivers happinessHer vision is to bring the joy of dance to more people. Besides being a dancer, she is also a professional photographer.

      

Ms. Men Lu earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Peking University and Pennsylvania State University, respectively, and has been a dance instructor in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts since 2008. She was a lead dancer in many performances and has won first prizes in multiple national competitions. She has also received Honglou Award from Peking University for her special accomplishments in performing arts.  With more than 20 years of dance experience, Lu offers a unique insight into dance education. She believes that dance is more than just movements; it has the story, culture and history embedded in it. Dance is the channel for emotions and it delivers happinessHer vision is to bring the joy of dance to more people. Besides being a dancer, she is also a professional photographer.

      

Ms. Men Lu earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Peking University and Pennsylvania State University, respectively, and has been a dance instructor in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts since 2008. She was a lead dancer in many performances and has won first prizes in multiple national competitions. She has also received Honglou Award from Peking University for her special accomplishments in performing arts.  With more than 20 years of dance experience, Lu offers a unique insight into dance education. She believes that dance is more than just movements; it has the story, culture and history embedded in it. Dance is the channel for emotions and it delivers happinessHer vision is to bring the joy of dance to more people. Besides being a dancer, she is also a professional photographer


 

Jamie Yang, Choreographer and Instructor

A freshman at Wellesley Collage, Jamie has been part of the American Chinese Art Society community since her early childhood as a student in ACAS studio classes. In 7th grade (2007), Jamie began to take dancing seriously as she finally joined the traditional Chinese dance troupe.  Only then did she meet her closest friends and become prideful of her Chinese heritage. Wanting to further improve her dance technique as a newly accepted member in 2007.  Jamie’s dedication to dance has won her first place for solo and Trio in the American Chinese Art Society’s 6th Chinese Dance Competition and the second place for a duet in the 5th Chinese Dance Competition, as well as solos at ACAS's Annual Tsai performance.  As a member of ACAS, Jamie has not only performed in America.  In 2010, she performed with the Dance Troupe at The National Palace Museum and National Yunlin University of Sciense and Technology in Taiwan, Republic of China, and has performed in London in 2013.  She has earned a gold and bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2010 and 2012, respectively. While Jamie focuses primarily on ballet and Chinese dance, she loves taking jazz, hip hop, and modern classes over the summer. 


Xiang Xiang Liu, Choreographer and Instructor 

Graduated from Guangxi Arts Institute affiliated Arts School with a major in Chinese Dance in 2003.  In 2007, she graduated from School of Music, South China Normal University, majoring in dance.  She was a graduate of China Institute of Graduate Fine Arts with a major in Dance.  She won many awards during her studies at various schools. Notably, her thesis "劇目排練對提高學生舞蹈綜合能否的重要性" won the Second Place Award in Fine Arts Research Category at the Third Performing Arts Festival of University Students in Guangxi. Ms. Liu was a full-time faculty member teaching Classical Dance at Department of Dance, Arts Institute, Guangxi University for Nationalities.  On several occasions, she toured Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, etc. on behalf of Guangxi University for Nationalities.  She also took students to partake in the Guangxi Ethnic and Folk Music Arts Festivals and other cultural and arts performances.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


 

 



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