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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. 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.
Sarah Trested- Intern
Sarah is a student, dancer, teacher and choreographer from Long Island, NY. Sarah started dancing when she was very young and her studies increased to a more serious level when she enrolled in LIHSA, a performing arts high school located in New York. Sarah has attended the JSSI Intensive in New York and the T. Lang Sweatshop in Atlanta, GA, among others. She has performed at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot parks, as well as other venues throughout the East Coast. Sarah’s choreography has been performed at Seymour Weiner Theater in Long Island and Conwell Theater in Philadelphia. Sarah is currently a double major at Temple University where she is studying Dance and Economics. Studying at Temple has presented Sarah with opportunities to work with several leaders in the dance community including Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Kun-Yang Lin, and Molly Shanahan. She is also a dance educator for NSDC and a performer for KN Dance&Entertainment. Sarah is excited to be apart of the KYL/D family!