Staff and Artists
Kun-Yang Lin- 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 - Executive Director
Ken Metzner, a recovering corporate lawyer, is 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. A former resident of the great State of Alabama, Ken served as a Trustee for the Alabama Ballet from 1999 to 2005. In Philadelphia, Ken is Board President of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. 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 College, University ofPennsylvania and for the Bartol Foundation in Philadelphia as an expert in Intellectual Property matters for teaching artists. Ken was named an Emerging Arts Leader by the Knight Foundation in 2013.
Katie Moore - Business Development Manager
Katie began her dance training at Delaware Valley Dance Academy in Colmar, PA. She has attended dance intensives with Burklyn Ballet Theatre (Johnson, VT), South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory (Columbia SC), LEVY Dance (San Francisco, CA), and a residency program with T. Lang Dance (Atlanta, GA). 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 performance and choreography from Temple University in 2016. In addition, she completed a general business studies minor, was a student of the Temple Honors program, and a member of the following organizations- D2D: Dare to Dance, Honors Creatives, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In fall of 2015, 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. Passionate about arts administration and non-profit management, Katie has completed administrative internships with BalletX, as well as part-time positions with the Performance Garage, The Lady Hoofers, Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre, and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers.
Jessica Warchal-King - Curator, InHale Performance Showcase Series
Jessica Warchal-King is a performer, choreographer, educator, and dance advocate in Philadelphia. A graduate of Muhlenberg College with degrees in dance and anthropology, Jessica received her MFA in Dance from Temple University in 2010. Jessica is also a member of the Nora Gibson Performance Project and has performed for independent choreographers Jeffrey Peterson, Lisa Kraus, Tiffany Mills, Deana DeHart, Pat Catterson, Danny Buraczewski, Jacques d'Amboise, and Nicholas Leichter. Her choreography has been presented throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington DC. Jessica is an adjunct professor at Widener University and Muhlenberg College, teaches Dance for PD (dance classes for people with Parkinson's Disease), and is a Certified Power Pilates Mat I & II Instructor. She is the curator and co-founder of the InHale Performance Series at the Chi Movement Arts Center, home of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Jessica joined KYL/D in 2010.
Lingyuan Zhao- Rehearsal Director
Lingyuan (Maggie) Zhao, received her MFA degree in choreography at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. In 2002, Zhao began professional dance training at the Chongqing Dance School in China where she studied ballet, Chinese Classical dance, and Chinese majority and minority dances. Later, in 2007, Zhao decided to pursue 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. Due to her passion and curiosity for choreography, diverse dance styles, and dance pedagogy in higher education, Zhao then made the decision to study abroad in the United States, investigating her cross-cultural, inter-cultural, and transnational choreographic and pedagogical methodology, specifically a fusion of Chinese and American dance incorporating the dualities of tradition and modernity, as well as restriction and freedom.
Gracianna Coscia - Youth Education Coordinator
Gracianna Coscia 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 Merion Ramirez, Francis Germillion, Rebecca Weber, Megan Mizanty, Scott McPheeters, and Tiffany Mills Dance Company, in their summer intensive and residency. While at Temple University Gracianna studied with Dr. Teresa Benzwie, teaching academic lessons through movement. She received the Teresa Benzwie Dance in Education Award in 2012. Gracianna currently is the Youth Education Coordinator for KYL/D, as well as a dance teacher and administrator for ZoomDance in Philadelphia. 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.
From Xi'an, China, Liu Mo trained at the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy from middle school through college. Upon the completion of his training, 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, Gyrotonic, and Gyrokinesis, 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 recently graduated with her MFA degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. One of her works was selected in 2015 for performnaces at Boyer College, which she represented at the 2016 ACDFA conference in Brockport, NY. Weiwei's choreography embraces both "Chineseness" and "Americanness", as she tries to find a way to balance technique and artistry through her personal experiences. Weiwei has been a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since 2013.
Annielille is a native of the Phillippines. She has danced with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (Denver, CO), and Dallas Black Dance Theater (Dallas, TX). She has worked with Katherine Dunham, Donald McKayle, Eleo Pomare, Diane McIntyre, Alonzo King, Ronald K. Brown, Chuck Davis and many others. As a choreographer, Annielille's works have been commissioned by Dance Place (DC), Dance Canvas (Atlanta), Richmond Dance Festival (VA), Dumbo Dance Festival (NY), Appomattox Governor's School for the Arts (VA) and Velocity Dance Festival (DC). Annielille is also a proud mother of 8 year-old, Malaya Cassandra Kollman.
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.
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. Along with school, her education 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, Myra Brazell as well as others. Grace is currently dancing for Olive Prince Dance, DanceFusion and has been a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since 2015.
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 many more. Other educational programs include San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Parsons Dance. After graduating in 2014, Frank joined Norwegian Cruise Line as a production dancer/aerialist. Following that year, Frank moved back to New York and was given the opportunity to work with shawnbibledanceco., Valerie Green/ Dance Entropy, Roschman Dance, and Zullo/RawMovement. Frank now resides in Philadelphia and is thrilled for his first season with KYL/D!
Keila Perez-Vega is a 2015 BFA University of the Arts graduate. Upon moving to Philadelphia, Keila trained and performed in works by artists like Sidra Bell, Mark Caserta, Christine Cox, Gary Jeter, Roni Koresh, Dara Stevens-Meredith, Matthew Neenan, Dwight Rhoden, Katie Swords, Tommie Waheed Evans, Shawn-Lamere Williams and Jesse Zaritt. In 2012, Keila became a principal dancer at Eleone Dance Theatre where she remained for three years.
Post graduation, Keila settled in Philadelphia and worked as a freelance artist and was a part of Dance Iquail in it's 2015 season. Thereafter, Keila has worked with numerous local artists in dance and photography including: Annielille Gavino-Kollman/Malayaworks (Philadelphia, PA) and 10HL Projects (New York City, NY) among others. Keila is now excited be a part of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers as of August 2016.
FRANCIS MARKOCKI- APPRENTICE
A Philadelphia native, Francis Markocki began his training at the age of fifteen. Since then, he has performed at events such as the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Disney World Parade, and multiple Temple University concerts, among other performances. Francis is currently pursuing his BFA in Dance from Temple University. 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 currently dancing and training with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, which he joined in the summer of 2016. He is a dance teacher as well as an aspiring choreographer and holds interests in arts administration and dance production.