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 the examiner of the Chinese Folk Dance Grade Test Centre. She graduated from Beijing Dance Academy with a BA in Classical Chinese Dance in 2011. In 2016, she worked at the Chinese Opera and Dance Theatre and completed a MA in Dance Studies at Roehampton University.

She has won a silver award in the National Lotus Cup Dance Competition, a bronze award in the Dance Competition of the Five Provinces in Northern China, and a silver award in the Beijing Dance Competition. 

She is a leading promoter of Chinese dance. With over 20 years of experience in dancing, teaching and choreography, she devotes herself to bringing the charm of Chinese dance to the UK and introducing Chinese dance to dance lovers all over the world. 


Julia Gyulai

Jazz, Hip-hop, Contemporary dance teacher

She is good at various dance types (contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop, creative dance, ground skills, and Irish dance). She is also the former chief artistic officer of the Coincidance Ballet Theatre in Budapest.

She has toured her work around the UK, Hungary, Mexico, Israel, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has won the Award of 50 Outstanding Hungarians (female) and the Raffleham Choreography Award at the Trinity School of Music and Dance in London. Her enthusiasm and vitality are inspiring more and more children and adult dance lovers.


Adelmo Mandia & Leah Rolfe 

Latin Dance Teachers

They have been finalists at the British National and UK Closed Championships since 2013, and in 2016 were placed second, that year they also made the semi-final of the European Championships. Their success continued in 2017, reaching the final of the UK Open Rising Star Latin American Championships. In 2014, they entered Britain’s Got Talent with a superb group called ‘Kings and Queens’, and they reached the semi-final. 

They have rich experience  teaching all levels of students from amateurs to professional competitors. 


Huaqin Wang

Chinese folk dance teacher

She is a member of the Chinese Dancers Association, the first batch of senior teachers of the Chinese Enitic Folk Dance Grade Test Centre.

As the “National Excellent Instructor” of China,  she  led her students to win the “Golden Bauhinia” Youth Dance Competition Gold Award as well as a gold medal in the Macau International Youth Dance Competition. Her dance class is always passionate and all the children are deeply attracted.


Tianyi Wang

Chinese Dance teacher

She graduated from the Central University of Nationalities (Minzu University of China). She won gold medals in the Beijing Dance Competition and the Five Provinces Dance Competition in Northern China. She was also awarded the ‘Top Dance Work’ of National Folk Dance  in the 10th Chinese Dance “Lotus Award”. She is a qualified teacher for the Chinese Folk Dance Examination. 

Through many years of teaching practice, she has accumulated rich teaching experience and has formed her own teaching style. She takes her understanding of the cultural traditions of Chinese ethnic minorities and national character as the starting point, to stimulate students’ interest and recognition in Chinese folk dance.


Wei Wang 

Ballet Dance Teacher

He is a dancer of the Berlin National Ballet, and he used to work for the National Ballet of China. He graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, and was awarded the Best Actor in 2010 and 2011 by the Ministry of Culture in China. He was once rated as one of the most worth watching actors by the famous German magazine “Dance”. He performed in the ballets  “Butterfly Lovers”, “Swan Lake”,”Giselle”, “Romeo & Juliet” etc.

He is a very professional and nice teacher. He patiently answers every question from the students during and after classes. He is a “charming prince” in the eyes of his students. 


Shuangshuang Xu

Chinese 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.