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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. 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.
Katie Moore - Business Development Manager
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. Kathryn has completed administrative internships with BalletX, as well as part-time positions with the Performance Garage, The Lady Hoofers, and Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre. Kathryn became the Business Development Manager of KYL/D in 2016.
Jessica Warchal-King - Curator, InHale Performance Series
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, KYL/D's community liaison, 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.
Lingyuan Zhao- Rehearsal Director
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. In the U.S, Zhao has been investigating her cross-cultural, inter-cultural, and transnational choreographic and pedagogical methodology, specifically an eclecticism of Chinese and American dance incorporating the dualities of tradition and modernity, as well as restriction and freedom. 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.
Gracianna Coscia-Collins - Youth Education Coordinator
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 and has been the Youth Education Coordinator at Kun Yang Lin/Dancers since January 2016.