About UKCPA

UK China Performing Arts (UKCPA), was founded in London, England in 2017, is a dance academy which specialises in Chinese classical and folk-dance but also provides education for ISTD Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, and Ballroom dance both online and in the studio.

We are an official UK subsidiary of CFA (Chinese Folk Dance Association), providing teacher and student training using the Chinese Folk Dance syllabus recognised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China.

We believe in giving opportunities to everyone who loves dance, with our professional training method that caters to all levels from absolute beginner to professional and also for all ages from 3 years old.

As an international artistic exchange platform, we have strong relationships with artists, schools, and companies from different countries around the world. We have also successfully hosted events, such as exchanges to the Edinburgh Festival and the Chinese Culture and Arts Festival, Silk road dance festival, masterclasses such as the Chinese Family Day, the Children’s Creative Dance Masterclass, and the Drama Workshop.


The UKCPA Team

Hangyu Zhou

Artistic Director

Hangyu Zhou is the founder of UKCPA and a Grade II National Artist of China. She graduated from Beijing Dance Academy with Chinese Classical Dance in 2011.

Later she worked at the Chinese Opera and Dance Theatre and completed a MA in Dance Studies at Roehampton University in 2016.

She has won the Silver Medal of the National Lotus Cup Dance Competition, the bronze medal of the Dance Contest of the Five Provinces of NorthChina, and the Silver Medal of the Beijing Dance Competition


Rowan McLelland

Artistic Adviser

UKCPA Artistic Adviser, RAD dance teacher with non-syllabus ballet to children and professional students. She is currently a tutor at Rambert School and a lecturer in the dance department in the University of Roehampton where she is also a PhD candidate.

Rowan has done fieldwork projects with Beijing Dance Academy and in 2016 she won a fellowship to work with the ballet department at the Shanghai Theatre Academy for six months


Mendi Li

Operations Coordinator

She is responsible for supporting the Artistic director, taking on administrative tasks such as liaising with clients and external agencies. She takes charge of the daily management of the dance academy, including designing the course contents, developing strategies, and coordinating of personnel from all departments.

She oversees teachers, choreographer and dancers to ensure that all elements of a project meet the necessary deadlines and standards.


Julia Gyulai

Dance Teacher

UKCPA Jazz, Hip-hop dance teacher and Choreographer. Former artistic director of the Coincidance Ballet Theatre in Budapest.

She has a variety of dance style experiences(contemporary dance, jazz, music theatre and Irish dance).

She has toured her work around the UK, Hungary, Mexico, Israel, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has won 50 awards for outstanding Hungarians (female) and the Raffleham Choreography Award at the Trinity School of Music and Dance in London.


Huaqin Wang 

Dance Teacher

UKCPA Chinese folk dance teacher, member of the Chinese Dancers Association, the first batch of senior teachers of the Chinese National Folk-Dance Examination Department.

She won the “National Excellent Instructor” of China and led her students to win the “Golden Bauhinia” Youth Dance Competition Gold Award as well as gold medal in the Macau International Youth Dance Competition. 


Shuangshuang Xu

Dance Teacher

UKCPA Chinese classical dance teacher. Her undergraduate degree was from the Beijing Dance Academy and her master’s degree in dance was awarded by the University of Bedfordshire.

She won the Wenzhou Dance Competition Golden Award. Her original dance work “My Grandmother and Me”, “Classmate” First Prize in the Zhejiang province Dance Competition.