Little Pear Garden Dance Company develops and promotes Chinese dance in Canada through the production and presentation of performances, lectures, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions, locally and nationally, creating an environment that supports Canadian artists practicing both Chinese traditional and contemporary artistic expressions. They aspire to develop a distinct voice in the opera and dance ecologies and to be the premier Chinese performing arts company in Canada featuring professional artists, innovative programming, stimulating workshops, and creative new works that reflect passion, honesty, integrity and excellence.
Open Rehearsals in the Outdoor Studio
What Little Pear Garden Dance Company will be working on:
Little Pear Garden Dance Company will be working on Han Tang Chinese dance using sleeves. This particular aesthetic is drawn from Chinese Opera. Dancers are required to utilize their sleeves skillfully.
Concert Stage Presentation
Sunday, August 29, 2:00 pm
All performances at Harbourfront Centre are now fully-booked. Sharing the Stage continues until August 29, with free classes and open rehearsals. Full details available here >
Emily Cheung is an educator, performer and choreographer. She received her B.F.A., B. Ed. and M.A from York University specializing in dance. Most of her training was completed in China, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada. She is recognized as one of the leaders in cross-cultural exchange and liaison with foreign artists practicing traditional and contemporary Chinese dance in Toronto. Emily also received an award as one of the ten “Voices of Chinese Canadian Woman” in Ontario during the 150th Anniversary celebration of Canada. Artistic Director of Little Pear Garden Dance, she specializes in both Chinese Classical dance and Chinese Contemporary dance. Emily is involved in preserving traditional Chinese dance, creating contemporary dance that honours Chinese traditions and collaborating with artists from other disciplines and ethnic backgrounds to create works with unique aesthetic sensibilities.
Fang Wang completed both her undergrad and master programs at the Beijing Dance Academy, specializing in choreography. In the past decade she has devoted her efforts to the teaching and choreography of Han Tang classical dance (Han dynasty and Tang dynasty). She has authored and published many textbooks in related subjects. Her curriculum and courses at the Bejing Dance Academy garnered awards for national excellence. Fang was part of the planning and production of several full length dance dramas and theatre productions.
Cynthia Qin, B. A. graduated from the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She has successfully developed her own distinctive performance style that is skillful, soft in timbre and brilliant with exquisite expression for both traditional and modern music. Her persistence has also brought honors: she performed in the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and acted as a demonstrator on CCTV’s show. After she immigrated to Canada, Fang performed in a Lesson of Da Ji, a production by Canadian composer Alice Ho, she joined Ron Korb in a CD recording and was invited by David Buchbinder to join The Ward Cabaret, becoming the sole Chinese instrument musician on the music drama.
Yi Yuan is one of the soloists of Little Pear Garden Dance Company and holds the role of Assistant Production Coordinator. She began her Chinese dance training at a young age at the Beijing International Arts School, specializing in both classical and contemporary Chinese dance styles. A professional performer and experienced dance educator with a BFA at York University, where she is completing her MA in Dance, Yi’s enthusiasm and motivation in Chinese dance have informed her research interests, focusing on the transmission and the evolution of Chinese dance in Canada.
Jiapei Ma finished her bachelor degree in dance and received a certificate of teaching in Guangzhou South China Normal University, where she studied Chinese classical dance, folk dance and contemporary dance. Her choreography was awarded excellence from the Hong Kong Dance Federation, and was showcased in Beijing’s dance festival. She is also an experienced dance instructor.
Xinmei Zou is an acclaimed dance artist, specialising in Performing Arts from Beijing Dance Academy. Xinmei received her MFA through researching performing arts at The Beijing Dance Academy. She was a dancer at China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre and studied Chinese Classical Dance at The Beijing Dance Academy. Xinmei has performed in over 10 major productions, was awarded the 2015 Excellent graduate of Beijing Dance Academy and won Miss Asia Champion in 2015..
Koren began her training at the age of 11 as a martial artist. At 18, she was introduced to Chinese dance as part of her cross-training in competitive martial arts. Discovering her love for dance, Koren went on to train in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. She debuted with Little Pear Garden Dance Company in 2018. Koren is currently a medical student at the University of Toronto and hopes to combine her passion for both medicine and dance in a career as a sports medicine physician with a focus on serving the needs of dancers in Canada.
Jasmine Huang is a Toronto-based dancer, actor, choreographer and dance teacher specializing in Chinese dance, contemporary, jazz funk, ballet, and musical theatre. Jasmine has worked with some of Toronto’s top choreographers, including Amy Wright, George Jones Jr., Lianne Tammi, Emily Cheung, Christos Tsiantoulas, Allison Bradley, and Lineen Doung. She began studying Chinese dance and ballet at the age of four at Sun Ling School of Dance and completed the Beijing Dance Academy Chinese dance examinations, receiving the highest scores in Canada for her final two examinations. She is a graduate from Earl Haig Secondary School's Claude Watson Dance Program.
Sharing the Stage is an initiative of Staging Change which is generously funded by the Metcalf Foundation.
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