Evalina Carbonell, known affectionately as "Wally," is a Philadelphia-based dance artist. She received her early training at the National Ballet School in Maryland. She went on to earn her BFA in Dance from Florida State University, studying with such luminaries as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Suzanne Farrell. Upon graduation, Evalina joined the Roxey Ballet Company, dancing as a principal artist from 2005-2011. As a free-lance artist, she has worked and choreographed extensively, and continues to be an active performer as a guest artist nationally and locally. Evalina teaches dance, GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® in addition to creating her own work. A passionate performer, creator, and teacher, Evalina joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2012.
Weiwei Ma is a Chinese dancer, teacher, and choreographer who started professional Chinese dance training at age eleven. She studied choreography at The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Academy of Arts where she graduated with a BFA degree. Before coming to Philadelphia, Weiwei taught Chinese classical dance and choreography at Beijing Contemporary Music Academy. Weiwei graduated with her MFA degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2016. One of her works was selected in 2015 for performances at Boyer College, which she represented at the 2016 ACDFA conference in Brockport, NY. Weiwei has been a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since 2013.
Grace Stern grew up in Nebraska and began her training at the Omaha Academy of Ballet. In 2012 she received a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Grace's education also has included American Theater Ballet, Hubbard Street, Summer Stages, and Ballet Magnificat intensives. She has had the privilege of working with and performing works by Janis Brenner, Doug Elkins, Maurya Kerr, Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais, Helen Simoneau, Olive Prince, Myra Brazell and others. Grace joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2015.
Annielille, "Ani" is a native of the Philippines and attended University of the Philippines before pursuing training at the Alvin Ailey School. She danced professional with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and Dallas Black Dance Theater. She has worked with legendary choreographers Katherine Dunham, Donald McKayle, Eleo Pomare, Diane McIntyre, Alonzo King, Ronald K. Brown, Chuck Davis and others. She continues her journey as a political artist and choreographer through her company, Malayaworks (named after her daughter). Annielille's works have been commissioned by Dance Place, Dance Canvas, Richmond Dance Festival, Detroit Dance Race by ArtLabJ and Appomattox Governor's School for the Arts (VA). She produced "La Migra, Let's Run" in 2016 and "HERstory" in 2017 for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In 2018 she revived HERstory, presented by Fleisher Art Memorial. Choreography highlights include the Koresh Artist Showcase, ETC Performance Series, Inhale Performance Series, Dumbo Dance Festival and Velocity Dance Festival. She has also choreographed Philippine Folk Dances in Richmond. Annielille is a proud mother of Malaya Kollman. She joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2015.
Keila Pérez-Vega is a 2015 BFA University of the Arts graduate. In 2012, Keila became a principal dancers at Eleone Dance Theatre where she remained for three years. Post-graduation, Keila worked as a freelance artist and was part of Dance Iquail in its 2015 season. Thereafter, she worked with numerous local artists and companies: 10HL Projects (NYC), Melissa Rector & Dancers (PHL) and ARTolerance (PHL) among others. Outside of concert dance, Keila is a passionate social Salsa and Bachata dancer, instructor and performer. She is on staff at Koresh Dance Company and recent founder of Artsi- an events organization that prides itself in transforming spaces to connect different audiences to the arts through artistic nightlife experiences. Keila joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2016.
A Philadelphia native, Francis Markocki began his training at the age of fifteen. Francis graduate with his BFA in Dance from Temple University in 2016. With his degree, Francis pursued performance opportunities in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Inhale Performance Series, Temple University MFA Thesis Concerts and with KYL/D. He is a certified M’singha Wuti instructor in the Umfundalai Dance Technique, for which he studied under its founder Dr. Kariamu Welsh. Francis is a dance teacher, choreographer and private instructor for queer performers in Philadelphia. He joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers as an apprentice in 2016 and became a company member in 2017. Frankie also teaches classes through KYL/D's youth education and outreach program, CHI Dance.
Wangbo Zhu is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher from China. He received his BA in Chinese dances from Beijing Dance Academy in 2012. Working as a dancer at China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater after graduation, he performed most works of the dance company such as Confucius, Orphan of Zhao, and Silk Road. He toured with the company nationally and internationally, including the U.S, Europe, Australia and beyond. Right now he is pursuing his MFA in dance at Temple University to find his own voice through dance. Wangbo joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2019.
Ariel Isakowitz, a Philly native, was raised by an Argentine family, has German and Israeli roots, and has lived in more places than you can imagine. He started dancing at the age of 18 at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he joined the Giordano Jazz Young Company in his final year. He has also trained with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (Israel), and at the Ballet Jeune de Geneve (Switzerland). Ariel has performed with many choreographers and companies, including: Itzik Galili, Mats Ek, Barak Marshall, Rami Be'er, Guilherme Botelho, Marina Mascarell, Stijn Celis, Ioannis Mandafounis, Kamea Dance Company, Odelya Kuperberg, Peter Kyle, Michael Mao, Catapult, and Mayumana. He has also performed in plays, musicals, and operas, including: Much Ado About Nothing, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Leonard Bernstein's MASS, L'Elisire d'Amore, Madama Butterfly, Orfeo ed Euridice, Romeo et Juliet, and West Side Story. After many years away, Ariel is thrilled to finally be coming home! He joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2019.
Sophie Malin (Apprentice)
Sophie Malin grew up in Boston, MA and Mason, OH. Sophie trained extensively in Ballet & Modern dance at Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet under the direction of Oliver Arana (Cincinnati Ballet) and Susanne Payne (Dayton Contemporary). After relocating to Philadelphia, Sophie danced professionally with Alchemy Dance Company, SHARP Dance Company, and Klassic Contemporary Ballet Company. She also worked as a freelance artist for Blythe Smith, Evalina (Wally) Carbonell, Asya Zlatina and several others. Sophie has attended summer intensives at BalletX, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Joffrey School of Ballet and Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet. Besides dancing Sophie has a deep passion for teaching most recently working as the Assistant Director/Artist in Residency at Wilmington Ballet in Delaware. Sophie joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2019.
Emmanuel Williams (apprentice)
Emmanuel Williams grew up in Norfolk, VA. He attended George Mason University in 2012 initially pursuing a Sports Management degree. In 2014, he was accepted into the GMU Dance program and officially started his formal dance training. He has also trained at the Susquehanna Dance Center in Lancaster PA. In 2017, he graduated with a B.S. in Sport Management and a B.F.A. in Dance. After graduating, he married his beautiful best friend and fellow GMU dancer, Isabella, and together they live in Lancaster, PA. He has been establishing himself choreographically under the name LUNA and has been involved with several dance projects in both Washington DC and Lancaster including The Durang Dance Collective, A-Y/Dancers, DancEthos, Servant Stage Theater Company, and Chamber Dance Company. He is grateful to God for the opportunity to dance and is excited to continue his dance career with KYL/D. Emmanuel joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2019.
Dance Artist ALUMNI
From Xi'an, China, Liu Mo trained at the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy from middle school through college. He received a degree in Classical Chinese dance with a focus in performance and education. During this time, he received 3rd place for his solo at the Taoli Bei dance competition and had the opportunity to work with many choreographers, such as Shen Wei for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Following the completion of his degree, Liu Mo served as an instructor in the foundations of Classical Chinese dance at the Beijing Dance Academy until 2011. Since then, he has been performing as a company member for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in Philadelphia, PA. Liu Mo has also choreographed commissioned works for Ballet 180 and Hua Hua Zhang.
Barbara Craig Liu
Barbara Craig was born in Shaker Hts. OH, and began her training with The School of Verlezza Dance and later Cleveland City Dance. Later, she attended Ballet Mets Pre-professional program for one year before dancing with Euoropa Ballett Sankt Poelten in Austria. In 2014 She was invited to return to the states to train and perform with The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet as an apprentice. Since then, she has danced and performed with many local Philadelphia companies and choreographers, including Bryan Koulman Contemporary Ballet, Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet and Verb Ballets. Barbara enjoys teaching ballet as well as the GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® methods. She joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers as an apprentice in 2017.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Nikolai is a graduate of the BFA in Dance and Choreography Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Some performance highlights include the works of Banning Bouldin, Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin, Kate Weare, Adam Barruch, Christian Von Howard and Martha Curtis. Nikolai has had the pleasure of working with such artists as Sidra Bell, Alexandra Wells, Adam Barruch, Ernesta Corvino, Antonio Brown, and Shannon Gillen through distinguished dance programs including the American Dance Festival, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, the Movement Invention Project in NYC, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Nikolai's choreography has been performed in Richmond, VA; Steamboat Springs, CO; Norfolk, VA; and Philadelphia, PA. Nikolai joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2015.
Kyan grew up in Liverpool, England before attending London Contemporary Dance School graduating in 2015 with his BA in contemporary dance studies. Here he was privileged to perform works by choreographers Kerry Nicholls, James Cousins, James Wilton, Didy Veldmann and Crystal Pite. He has since performed throughout the UK with companies Avant Garde Dance, James Wilton Dance, Encompass Collective and Lauren Tucker Dance. Kyan moved to the United States in 2016, here he has been excited to perform a revival of 'La Cage aux Folles' and joined SHARP Dance as a guest artist. In 2017, Kyan began working with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers as an apprentice. In 2018 he became a company member.
Frank Leone was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He attended Point Park University where he obtained a BA in dance with a duel concentration in jazz and modern. While at school he had the opportunity to perform works by Bill T. Jones, Ohad Naharin, Randy Duncan, Terrence Marling, Dwight Rhoden and others. He also studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Parsons Dance. After graduating in 2014, Frank had the pleasure to work with Norwegian Cruise Line, shawnbibledanceco. and Valerie Green/ Dance Entropy. Since moving to Philadelphia, Frank has worked with Gunnar Montana and Brian Sanders' JUNK. Frank is a member of Bradley's Bucks and presents his own work in the queer Philadelphia nightlife as FAGL ROQ.
Helen Hale is a native of Atlanta, GA. She is a performer, choreographer, and the director of Helen Hale Dance. Helen's work has been presented by The High Museum of Art Atlanta, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Galleries at Moore, The Hambidge Center, Dance Truck, Dashboard Co-op, The Lucky Penny, Spark and Echo Arts, Temple University, and WonderRoot Community Arts Center, among others. Helen received a BFA from Temple University in 2009. Performance credits include Staibdance, Tahni Holt, Dishman + Co., Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, Meg Foley/Moving Parts, PushPush Theater, Duende Dance Theater, Troupe Hellas, and Ground Delivery Dance Theater. Helen is a member of the Just Act Ensemble, and can be found loitering near flowers, chipping away at her ongoing scholarly research projects, working as a personal assistant, and longing for the sea.
Brian Cordova Native of Brentwood, New York where he began his formal training in dance in 2010. Brian is currently attending Temple University and is diligently working on his BFA in Dance. He has had the opportunity to perform with Kariamu Welsh, Meredith Rainey, Charles Anderson, Andrea Miller, and was a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers from 2012-2016.
Rachael Hart received her BFA in dance from Temple University where she studied with Kun-Yang Lin. As a dance major, Rachael has performed works by Kun-Yang Lin, Dr. Laura Katz-Rizzo, Dr. Joellen Meglin and guest artists Tiffany Mills, Benjamin Levy and Kyle Abraham. Previously, she received training from Berks Ballet Theatre, The Rock School, and The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts. Rachael currently teaches dance at Kimberton Dance Academy and Steele pilates City Fitness. Rachael Hart was a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers from 2012-2015.
Brandi Ou hails from Petersburg, Indiana, where she grew up in a household of artists and musicians. Brandi received her B.A. in Dance Performance in 2005 from Indiana University. She has since continued her training in and around Bloomington, IN and Philadelphia, PA throughout the years. In addition to her background in modern dance, she has competed professionally in Ballroom and Latin dance from 2002-2008. Brandi has also taught as adjunct faculty at Indiana University and University of Pennsylvania. Now living in the City of Brotherly Love, she co-owns Ballroom Philadelphia, and continues to teach ballroom dance all around the city. Since arriving, Brandi has started many new projects, both choreographing and working with local choreographers. Brandi was a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers from 2013-2014.
Vuthy Ou began his dance training as a Ballroom and Latin dancer in 2002. He has taught at Indiana University and private studios in addition to competing professionally in the International Latin category. In 2009, Vuthy began studying contemporary dance and was a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers from 2011-2013.
Kemp is a native of Nassau, Bahamas and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Temple University. She is a certified Umfundalai teacher and has taught at various institutions, festivals and intensives. She has trained with several notable artists and professional dance companies, including Philadanco, Eleone Dance Theatre, Urban Bush Women, Kariamu & Company: Traditions, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris Puremovement, The Katherine Dunham Seminar and The American Dance Festival. She was the 2015-2016 recipient of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award and her work has been presented nationally and internationally. Shaness was an original member of the Clothesline Muse Theatre production and performed at its premiere at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia in 2014. She is a freelance dancer and choreographer and most recently has performed with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater.
Eiren Shuman received his BFA in dance from Temple University where he studied with Kun-Yang Lin. Post-graduation he has had the opportunity to continue his training, dancing for and with many talents of Philadelphia's acclaimed dance community. Eiren spent a year training at Trinity Laban in London and returned to Philadelphia in 2010 to continue his training and performance experience with the notable Nora Gibson Performance Projects, Meredith Rainey and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Eiren enjoys teaching movement for children of all ages as well as adults, pre-professional and professional dancers. Outside of the dancing community, Eiren enjoys working as a figure model for many of the art institutes in and around Philadelphia, creating a practice in stillness as well as movement. Eiren is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.