Leading Chinese Artists
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, and she currently is the female Lead Chinese Dancer at KYL/D.
Lingyuan (Maggie) Zhao received her MFA degree in choreography at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG) and joined KYL/D in 2015. Zhao started her professional dance training with ballet, Chinese Classical dance, and Chinese majority and minority dances. Later, Zhao pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree at Beijing Capital Normal University where she was introduced, and fell in love with modern and contemporary dance, dance composition and dance pedagogy. In between, Zhao worked in the Asian Dance Research Center as a dance teacher and as Assistant to the Artistic Director at Chinese Children's Musical Theater. In 2008, at the Opening Ceremony of Paralympic Games, Zhao performed and also served as an assistant choreographer in the dance, Fly. During her graduate studies, Zhao was honored to be a Teaching Assistant at UNCG. She was also invited to teach workshops as a Guest Artist at UNC Charlotte and Cabrini College. Lingyuan serves as the Assistant Artistic Director of KYL/D.