Beijing Dance Academy Certificated
My passion for dancing started very early in my life; my twin sister, Rain, and I were often dancing in my mother’s belly even before we were born, so we were told. My mother, who is a professional opera singer and a great dancer, has always loved Chinese Theatre and performing arts. Dancing and the urge to perform are in my blood. As a choreographer, I choreographed over 150 dance pieces; as a director, I produced over 20 shows; as a teacher, I taught over 100 students.
When I was five, I started a series of systematic and professional Chinese dance training at Beijing and Taiyuan Youth Palace, Yinghe Youth Performing Arts Troupe and Yellow River Children’s Ensemble. With many experience in performing, I found myself more intrigued with creating my own pieces, and I quickly started majoring in Chinese Dance Choreography at Beijing Dance Academy. Upon arriving in Canada in 1999, I have also explored many other different dances, such as Ballet, Jazz and ball-room dance. However, Chinese dance is in my blood and I felt such an urge to perform and teach others to learn this great type of arts. I formed Ocean Rain Chinese Dancers in the year of 2002, and started to introduce Chinese dance to the Victoria community. I feel greatly rewarded with the surprising number of enthusiastic cheers, applauses and compliments from our audience.
I became and obtained level 12 teaching certificate in Chinese Dance Examination Syllabus (CDES) of Beijing Dance Academy. CDES was recognized by the BC Ministry of Education. The ministry will award CDES students with a total of 12 credits to meet their fine arts and/or applied skills graduation requirement. This is indeed good news, and allows not only me becoming a more professional Chinese dance educator, but also allow Syllabus students to earn even more credits toward their high school graduation.
Ashley is a graduate of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s Professional Division, as well as training professionally at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The School of Alberta Ballet, and in International Ballet Masterclasses. Ashley had been a Principal Dancer with Canadian Pacific Ballet from 2007-2012, and is currently Director and Principal Dancer with Ballet Étoile Canada. Ashley has also completed the Advanced II Examination from the Cecchetti Society of Canada.
Chinese dance is a highly varied and technical art form, consisting of Classical, folk, ethnic and as well as modern dance genres. Chinese classical dance is a form that mix martial arts, Tai chi, and ancient courtship dance as well as incorporating ballet technical training. Folk dance is mainly referring the nationality of Han’s dance, and it is a directly reflect the lifestyles and customs of Han people. Props like fans, handkerchiefs, and ribbons are commonly used in the dances, and they often symbolize prosperity, wellness and good wishes for people. There are also 56 officially recognized ethnic groups in China, and each ethnic minority group in China also has its own folk dances. Every ethnic dance style is highly appreciated all over China, such as Mongolian, Tibetan, Korean, Uyghur and much more.
Graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy in 2011, majored in Classical Dance, as well as studied Ballet and Modern Dance. When he studied at school, he participated in Shanghai Tourism Festival and won Gold Prize at East China Six Provinces and One City Dance Competition. Leo also participated in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Ending Ceremony, 2010 Shanghai World Expo Opening Ceremony and won the second place in the Ninth Taoli Cup Dance Competition. In 2011, Leo became a professional dancer at Shanghai Dance Theater and Shanghai Oriental Youth Dance Troupe. He participated a lot of dance competitions and dance performances. During that time, he also worked as a Teaching Assistant at Shanghai Theater Academy. Leo joined Ocean Rain in 2013 and has taught many different classes. Currently Leo is focused on training the Company Dance class for performances and dance competitions.
Graduated from South China University of Technology in 2014, majored in Performing Arts and minored in Journalism and Communication, currently is pursuing a Master of Education Degree in Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria. Tina started learning modern dance and Chinese dance when she was 4 years old. In 2001, she participated in several cultural exchange activities in the USA. She has also participated in some big productions and performances over the years. In 2014, Tina successfully completed an internship at “Meiyu Music and Dancing International Education Company”, with a focus on music education and early childhood education. Tina became a dance teacher at “Ocean Rain Arts Academy”. She mainly teaches Chinese Dance Level 8, Young Adult, and Adult Dance Class. Tina has made a great contribution in lots of Ocean Rain production and performance.
Has been teaching dance for over three years and loves sharing her knowledge with her students and peers. Recently her level 2 class completed their Beijing Dance Academy of Dance exam with an excellent standing. They are currently working towards completing the next level. Jenny has also helped choreograph a dance called “Love Baby” which her level 2 class performed at Ocean Rain Arts Academy’s annual showcase. Jenny also teaches a beginner’s level 1 class where children ages 4 to 5 are introduced to the basics of rhythm and dance technique. Parent’s of students have been super supportive and essential to the student’s success. Parents are very satisfied with their child’s progress and Jenny is thankful for such positivity and coordination from them.
I was born in the province of LiaoNing , Northeastern China. I am also a twin. Instead of a twin sister, I have a twin brother named Sam.I joined the Ocean Rain Arts Academy in 2011. Over the years, Ocean has taught me how to enjoy dancing, how dance can help me express my feelings. I have contributed in group dances, trios and duets. I’ve received awards such as “most improved dancer”, “most dedicated dancer”… I have also received “Outstanding” grades in all the Beijing Dance Academy examinations I participated in. I became a teaching assistant in the level 8 Chinese dance class last year. I am not only a dance teacher to my class, but also a good friend.
I am currently 16 years old, and I’ve been dancing with Ocean rain arts academy since it was established in 2008. I was born in China and have lived in Victoria basically my whole life. I have passed all the dance exams and am currently completing level 10. I am now a teacher assistant for the level 9 class and gradually learning how to become a teacher myself. As I have been a student and become an aspiring teacher, dance has taught me to believe in team work, passion, discipline and dedication. I am truly a better person from all of my experience and success that Ocean Rain Arts Academy has brought to me.