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 sole female Lead Chinese Dancer at KYL/D.
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.
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.