Ballet with LeeWei Chao, Alonzo King LINES Dance Center
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$8, $15, or $25 (Recommended $8, but participants can choose a higher fee to increase their support for the Dance Center)
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, LeeWei Chao is a creative artist who has a passion for many visual art forms such as architecture, interior design, fashion design, painting, and stage design. He originally considered a career as a painter, but, at age 16, decided to turn to dance and entered the High School for the Performing Arts in Taipei. Mr. Chao was a member of the Milwaukee Ballet Company from 1998 to 2005 after dancing with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Festival Ballet of Rhode Island, Singappor Dance Theatre, Taipei City Ballet, and Henry Yu Dance Company. He has performed in works by Balanchine, Choo San Goh, Robert North, Kathryn Posin, David Parsons, Jean-Paul Commelin, and Simon Dow. He received early ballet training from Xiao Lee who brought from Russia the Vaganova Ballet Method to Taiwan. He completed he education at the National Institute for the Arts in Taipei, which hosts guest teachers from all over the world. His training there included Chinese folk dance, ballet, modern dance, Spanish, Indian, and Bali dance. After his two years of mandatory army training, he was hired by Singapore Dance Theatre. In 1996, he came to New York City to join the Joffrey Ballet Concert Dancers. He was awarded the Outstanding Dancer Award by the Taiwanese Department of the Arts. He also was voted Best Male Dancer in Taiwan by Taiwan Dance Magazine. Since 2001, Mr. Chao has been a regular guest choreographer and teacher for the Milwaukee Ballet School Summer program and for the Milwaukee Ballet II. He also choreographed for the Space Between program at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In 2002 and 2003, Mr. Chao was commisioned for new works by the Milwaukee Ballet Company, “Beyond Invisible” and “Edge of Silence”, which premiered in 2003 and 2004 respectively. He also designed the stage sets and costumes, which gave him the opportunity to incorporate other aspects of his creative ability. Mr. Chao was invited to return to the National University of Taipei, Taiwan as guest teacher and choreographer in 2005.
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