Article: Top 10 Chinese Choreographers

Dance is a way of expression for people of all ages. It's a relaxing way to express yourself via movement. Many people throughout the world admire this art, which requires a lot of handwork and patience to master. There are many famous dancers around the world, but here are ten Chinese dancers who captivate audiences with their moves and other skills.

1. H. T. Chen

Chen was born in Shanghai, China, and grew up in Taiwan before settling in New York City in 1971. He holds master's degrees in Dance Education from the University of Chinese Culture in Taiwan, The Juilliard School in New York City, and New York University's Department of Dance Professions. He was also a scholarship student at the American Dance Center and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. After five years at New York City's La Mama Experimental Theater Club, Chen decided to showcase his own work, creating the dance company H.T. Chen & Dancers was formed in 1978.


2. Choo Chiat Goh 

Choo Chiat Goh (born 1939) is a Chinese ballet dancer, choreographer, and co-founder with his wife Lin Yee of the renowned Goh Ballet Academy in Canada. Goh was born into a family of ten children in Singapore. His parents were Chinese, and he could communicate in Mandarin. He fell in love with the art form at the age of 13 after seeing The Red Shoes. The following year, he joined the Royal Ballet in England, and later studied in China under dancer and choreographer Pyotr Gusev. He graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1959.


3. Yen Han

Ballett Zürich's Yen Han is a major soloist. She is the artistic director and choreographer for her own dance school, the Yen Han Dance Center, in Zürich, Switzerland, in addition to her profession as a ballerina. Yen Han was up in Los Angeles as part of a Chinese creative family. Her mother, Dr. You-Whai Tsao, was a concert pianist who studied under professor Guangren Zhou, who is known as "the soul of Chinese piano education" and China's most influential and authoritative pianist. Yen's father, Vi Han, is a musician, and her uncle, Dali Cao, is a painter and professor at the Beijing Art Academy who has received the designation of China's First Class Artist.


4. Lalan

Xie Jinglan, also known as Lan-lan, was born on September 14th, 1921, in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China. She eventually changed her name to Lalan. Lalan acquired Western education at Hongdao Girls' Middle School, an American missionary school in Hang Zhou, where she grew up in a scholarly family under the influence of the New Culture Movement. Lalan was born with a knack for music and dancing, which she was able to develop thanks to her father, Xie Meigen, a famous flute player and scholar. Zao Wou-Ki, a student at the Hangzhou School of Art, was introduced to LaLan in 1935. They married in Hong Kong in 1941. Zhao Jialing, their son, was born the next year.


5. Sang Jijia 

Sang Jijia is a Tibetan Chinese choreographer of Tibetan descent. In the 1990s, he danced with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company and the City Contemporary Dance Company. Sang then studied with William Forsythe and performed as a choreographer and dancer with The Forsythe Company until 2006. Sang is now a Resident Artist with BeijingDance / LDTX and Guangdong Modern Dance Company in China.


6. Shen Wei 

Shen Wei is a New York-based Chinese-American choreographer, painter, and director. Shen Wei makes original works that use a variety of media components, including dance, painting, sound, sculpture, theatre, and video. He is widely recognised for his defining vision of an intercultural and multidisciplinary manner of movement-based performance. His creative blend of Asian and Western views, as well as his syncretic approach to performance art, have been frequently praised by critics.


7. Willy Tsao 

Willy Tsao is a choreographer of Chinese modern dance. In China, he is the director of three important modern dance organisations.  He is the Managing Director of Guangdong Modern Dance Company and the Founder and Artistic Director of City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong) and BeijingDance / LDTX.


8. Muna Tseng 

Muna Tseng is a dancer, choreographer, author, and educator of Chinese descent. Muna Tseng Dance Projects was formed in 1984 by her in New York City, where she has lived since 1978. She has performed in over 30 cities and festivals in 15 countries, having developed over 40 dance pieces. She has been the executrix and controller of her late brother Tseng Kwong Chi's photography library since 1990. She has been a member of the annual Bessie Awards' 'Current Practice' subcommittee for numerous years, also known as the New York Dance and Performance Awards.


9. Wen Wei Wang

Wen Wei Wang, a Chinese-Canadian businessman, choreographer, dancer, and instructor, was born in 1965. He migrated to Vancouver permanently in 1991 after being born in Xi'an, China. In 2003, he founded the dance company Wen Wei Dance, with which he has developed eight full-length works. As of 2018, he serves as the artistic director of both Wen Wei Dance and Ballet Edmonton.


10. Yang Liping 

Yang Liping is a Bai ethnic Chinese dancer and choreographer. In 1986, she became famous for choreographing and performing "The Spirit of Peacock." In 1992, she was the first mainland Chinese dancer to perform in Taiwan. Her inventiveness and performance of the Dai peacock dance have made her famous throughout China. Yang has been dubbed "China's Peacock Princess." She has toured to over 30 countries and territories, including the Philippines, Singapore, Russia, the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia, performing over 1000 shows.