Ling Tang- Traditional Chinese Dance

Ling Tang is a New York City-based dancer, educator, and arts manager. With professional training in traditional Chinese and contemporary dance styles, Ling has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Harman Center for the Arts, and at Smithsonian institutes, among other venues and festivals. 

As an educator, Ling currently teaches through Flushing Town Hall and Young Audiences New York, offering Chinese dance and cultural workshops for K-12 schools, colleges, and community centers. Her teaching credits also include Dance St. Louis, China Institute, SUNY Purchase College, Washington Performing Arts, etc. She has choreographed for the Obama-Biden Inaugural Parade in 2013 and the Drama League produced play F.O.B (David Henry Hwang) in 2018. As an arts manager, Ling worked as a program officer at the Asian Cultural Council. She has consulted and managed various cultural exchange projects for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, National Dance Institute, etc. Dance/USA Journal and Dancer Magazine have published her research papers. 

Ling holds an M.A. in arts administration from Columbia University, a B.A. in dance and intercultural performing arts from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a teaching artist certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University. 


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Traditional Chinese Dance Virtual Assembly

FTH Teaching Artist Ling Tang uses traditional Chinese dance props to give live demonstrations and engage students with short easy-to-follow movements, as well as a multimedia presentation including performance video footage, PowerPoint slides, and live discussion. Students are introduced to the history and cultural development of several Chinese classical and ethnic dance styles such as traditional operas, Tai-Chi, Inner-Mongolian, Uyghur, and Han.

Traditional Chinese Dance Assembly In-Person

As it is with the Chinese language, Chinese dance has its own unique vocabulary and structure, which enables a dancer to express thoughts and feelings with ease and grace. This assembly presented by Ling Tang features both Chinese classical and ethnic dance. Featuring a live performance with traditional costumes and props, students learn about the history and cultural development of several Chinese dance styles such as traditional operas, Tai-Chi, Inner-Mongolian, Uyghur, and Han. Participants also interact with the artist by dancing with silk ribbons and fans. Content can be adjusted for all ages. Perfect for grades K-5

Traditional Chinese Dance Workshop/Residency

The goal of this program is to expose students to the diversity of Chinese culture through dances. Students are encouraged to identify the unique cultural characteristics of Chinese ethnic minority groups including Mongol and Uyghur as well as the majority Han, and compare the differences. Each session starts with a warm-up, followed by a mini repertoire of a specific Chinese dance style(s). Students also have opportunities to interact with classical Chinese dancing props such as fans, ribbons, and handkerchiefs. This program can be developed into a 10-week residency with a culminating performance. For grades K-12!

History of Chinese Dance Lecture Demonstration

Ling Tang offers a lecture-demonstration with PowerPoint presentations, movement demonstrations and lessons on traditional Chinese dance, the history, and development of dance in China, and the dance and cultural exchange between China and the United States. Content Areas: Dance, Dance Education, Choreography, East Asian Studies, Cultural Exchange. For College Level!