UK China Performing Arts (UKCPA) is a professional Chinese dance education institution which emphasises on the principles of professional, pure and enjoyable dancing with the main vision to spread Chinese Arts and Culture here in the UK. Through facilitating education on Professional Chinese Classical/Folk dance, UKCPA creates a bridge between cultures by conveying the colourful culture of China to people in the UK, and providing a professional learning environment for any children and adults who love dancing.
Our students learn traditional Chinese dance like Ribbon dance, “A Silk Road” (Flying Apsaras), Long Sleeves Dance, “Ta Ge”, Fan Dance, Drum Dance etc. Our students have participated in various events such as the Chinese New Year Celebration of Europe, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London Footprint Festival etc. We also create contemporary dance works with Chinese elements.
Hangyu Zhou is the Art Director 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 an 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 North China, and the Silver Medal of the Beijing Dance Competition. She was the fifth founder of the Star Avenue in 2014 as the founder of the step-bubble snake.
Helen Cox was initially trained at School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Then she continued to study at London Contemporary Dance School and received a Masters Degree in 2014. She has cooperated with many outstanding choreographers and performed in numerous projects like “Meeting Mr. Boom”,” Remember to Remember”. She is also a choreographer who has choreographed for Footprint Dance Festival and Spontaneous Combustion Festival. She has won Individual Artist Grants from Alberta Foundation for The Art as well as Kathryn Ash Leadership Award from School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
Zhou Jiajie is an advanced dance teacher in UKCPA, graduated from the Dance Academy of Shanghai Theater Academy in 2015, and is currently studying choreographer at the University of Roehampton. She worked for the Xiamen Little Egret Art Troupe and Shanghai Theater Academy as the choreographer, she has also been the choreographer for the drama “the River Dance”. She took a leading role in the dance “Happy Life of Grandmother” which won the Gold Medal for the 9th Taoli Cup Dance Competition and the Gold Medal for the Creation and the Outstanding Performance Award for the 5th CCTV Dance Competition.
Rowan initially trained at the Royal Ballet School and the Royal Academy of Dance where she achieved her ARAD certification following successfully completing the Advanced 2 examination. She received her BA Hons from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Rowan has performed as a ballet and contemporary dancer in the UK and Europe, performing in many prestigious venues including, The Royal Opera House, Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls, as well as in numerous projects and dance festivals. She has taught RAD, non-syllabus ballet to children and professional students.
Aaron has taught in various institutions including London Contemporary Dance School, English National Ballet School, London Studio Centre, Urdang, Central School of Ballet, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Academy of Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Alexander Whitley Dance Company, PRODA (Norway). Aaron has created, toured and worked with Jean Abreu Dance, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, Anthony Lo-Giudice, Vivien Wood, Marc Brew Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre (rep and creations by Christopher Bruce and Sharon Watson).
Lu Ning is an Instructor of the Chinese Academy of Performing Arts and Dance. She has been learning Chinese Classical Dance since the age of 4. She has won dozens of provincial and municipal awards for group dance and solo dance. She was the captain of the dance team of UCLU-CSSA Art Troupe and has participated in the UCL Spring Festival Gala 2014 and various Gala Evenings, as well as the OFUND Charity Night, the Oxford Welcome Party and other activities. She was the lead dancer of the dance “Lai Xing Xing Xing”, representing the Chinese-Chinese School of Performing Arts and Dance.