Chou Chang Ning
Guest Teacher

Ms Chou Chang Ning is from The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.

The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan was founded in 1973 as the first contemporary dance company in a Chinese speaking community. Directed by internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-Min, Cloud Gate transforms ancient aesthetics into thrilling modern celebrations of motion. The 24 dancers of the company receive training combining the West and the East, including Tai Chi Tao Yin (an ancient form of Chi Kung), meditation, martial arts, modern dance, ballet, and calligraphy.

With frequent appearances in many international arts festivals, including the Next Wave Festival, Cloud Gate has received high acclaim throughout the world, including the naming of Cursive: A Trilogy for Best Dance Choreography by German magazines, Ballet-Tanz and Theater Heute.

I started ballet classes with Hsienfa in 2000 and his patient instruction inspired me to develop a passion for dance. I have never looked back since. Ballet gives me a new way to express myself and I also love the music. I really enjoy classes at Cheng Ballet and the stage exposure during productions helped to increase my confidence.

It is rare to find teachers like Hsienfa and Yaling who encourage and motivate students to reach their potential, no matter what their ability, experience, age, size, or body shape.

Thanks, Fiona
(Adult Intermediate Ballet)