Staff and Artists
Kun-Yang Lin- Executive Artistic Director
KUN-YANG LIN is founding Artistic Director of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (“KYLD”) & co-founder of KYL/D’s CHI Movement Arts Center in Philadelphia. Taiwan-born Lin probes at the limits of national identity, drawing upon Eastern philosophy while expanding the perimeter of Western contemporary dance. Lin has won numerous awards in Taiwan and been widely recognized in the U.S. for both his dancing and choreography including, in 2002 by Back Stage, which named him “the year’s most promising choreographer in NYC.” Lin has been on the faculty of The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, H.B. Actor’s Studio, Peridance International Dance Center and The Limon Institute and he offers master classes and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad. Currently, Lin is Professor of Dance at Temple University. Lin received his MFA from New York University’s Tisch School (on full scholarship) and his BFA from Taiwan National University of the Arts. For more information on Kun-Yang Lin, visit his page here
Ken Metzner - Board President
Ken Metzner, a recovering corporate lawyer, is the founding Executive Director of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers & Co-founder of KYL/D’s CHI Movement Arts Center in South Philadelphia. Formerly Senior Vice President & General Counsel for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, where he practiced law for 17 years, Ken is an ordained Interfaith Minister and a life-long student of Spirit. Ken received his B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University; a General Course Diploma from the London School of Economics; his law degree from the University of Virginia and ordination from the Interfaith Temple of the New Seminary in New York City. Active in the broader arts community, Ken is Board President of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (which provides general operating grants to hundreds of arts and culture organizations annually) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Ken has been an invited guest speaker for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in NYC , the Guangdong Dance Festival in China, DanceUSA, Temple University, Cabrini University, University of Pennsylvania and the Interfaith Youth Core. Ken left KYL/D as Executive Director in July 2018 and now serves as the Executive Director for the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA.
Katie Moore - Business Director
Katie Moore is a dancer and arts administrator. She has attended dance intensives with Burklyn Ballet Theatre, South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, LEVY Dance, and T. Lang Dance. In summer of 2014 Katie completed Philadanco's summer training program and was a member of Philadanco's second company, Danco2 (D2). Katie received her BFA in Dance and minor in business studies from Temple University in 2016. At Temple, Katie was elected as the Boyer College of Music and Dance representative for the student board of campus recreation. Katie is also the recipient of the Rose Vernick Scholar Award, the Boyer College Alumni Award, and was elected to Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges. She has completed administrative internships with BalletX, as well as positions with the Performance Garage, The Lady Hoofers, and Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre. Katie is currently a member of Emerging Arts Leaders:Philly and has served on grant panels for United Way and The Picasso Project. Katie became the Business Development Manager of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2016 and was promoted as the Business Director in August 2018.
Lingyuan Zhao- Assistant Artistic Director
Lingyuan (Maggie) Zhao received her MFA degree in choreography at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG) and joined the KYL/D team 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 University. Maggie is currently the Assistant Artistic Director at Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers.
Gracianna Coscia-Collins - Education Manager
Gracianna is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in the Philadelphia area. She received her BFA in dance from Temple University in 2013. Throughout her career she has worked with artists including Marion Ramirez, Francis Germillion, Rebecca Weber, Megan Mizanty, Scott McPheeters, and Tiffany Mills Dance Company, in their summer intensive and residency. Gracianna completed her 200hr yoga certification in 2016. She has worked as Dance Director at Camp Onas, Children's Sessions Assistant for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and as a Teacher/Administrator for ZoomDance in Philadelphia. She received the Teresa Benzwie Dance in Education Award in 2012.When she is not teaching children, she enjoys choreographing. She has recently been working on a project connecting movement to poetry. She is a co-founder of Coaction Dance Collective, founded in 2014, where she has presented numerous works. Gracianna is a member of the Camp Onas Board of Directors. She served as the Youth Education Coordinator at Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2016 and was promoted to Education Manager in August 2018.
Jessica Warchal-King - InHale Performance Series Curator
Jessica performed with KYL/D from 2010-2017 and with Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet from 2009-2016. She has danced for many independent choreographers and organizations, and has had her choreography commissioned and presented, throughout the Mid-Atlantic United States. Jessica is Co-founder and Curator of KYL/D's InHale Performance Series and director of JCWK Dance Lab. She is on faculty at Widener University and Alvernia University. Jessica received the Part Time Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence from Widener and a Rocky Award from the Philly Dance Community in 2016. Additionally, Jessica is a Reiki and Pilates practitioner and is navigating the space between mother and professional.
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.
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 and she currently is the sole female Lead Chinese Dancer at KYL/D.
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.
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.
Keila Pérez-Vega is a 2015 BFA University of the Arts graduate. In 2012, Keila became a principal dancer 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 she is the 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 as a dance artist in 2016. As of August 2018, she also serves as KYL/D’s Marketing Associate.
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.
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.