OUR MISSION Open ideals and high quality art education is our continuous mission. Through professional training we provide reputable competition and performance opportunities to broaden the students’ vision and capabilities.
FOUNDER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Yaya Zhang is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist with twenty years of experience in stage performance, choreography, musical theater and the creation of modern art. In 2014, she established the award winning dance studio Yaya Dance Academy. Classes offered at the studio include ballet, musical theater, folk, modern, jazz, and tap. The studio offers children dance programs and adult dance programs as well as a fitness class program that includes dance fitness, pilates, and yoga. During the few years since the studio opened, her students have participated and won many awards in several national and international dance competitions. At their most recent competition the studio won awards including Judges Choice Award, Most Entertaining, Overall Best Score, secondary line overall No 1, Elite Top First Place, a $100 cash award, Best Video of the Week, and an invitation to the New Year intensive program. In 2014, “New Drum Rhythms," a dance produced at her academy won the “All Star” honor at CCTV Dance World. In 2017, she directed “Love Feast II” in cooperation with Pacific Symphony Orchestra at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and was hailed by media critics including Los Angeles Times. In 2018, Yaya Dance Academy became a founding member of International Music and Dance Festival, and worked together with Claire Trevor School of the Arts of UCI on an east-west cultural exchange project. To popularize musical theater within the community, YDA started musical theater classes in 2018 and invited Broadway directors and actors to come teach students. Open ideals and high quality art education is our continuous mission, and through professional training we provide reputable competition and performance opportunities to broaden the students’ vision and capabilities.
YaYa Dance Academy Torrence Campus Director
Yana Zhao was graduated from Beijing Dance Academy and her secondary dance school from Guangdong Dance and Drama College . She started dancing at age 7. She was professionally trained in Chinese classic dance, Chinese folk dance, contemporary Jazz, and musical theatre dance performing arts. She was an actress and dancer for about 15 years. After she received her BA from Beijing Dance Academy in 2005. She joined Beijing Guo Lun Arts Center and China National Theatre for Children. Meanwhile, she was a professional dance teacher/Artistic director at several well-known universities in Beijing, China. Since then she’s enjoyed teaching children, teenagers and adults at dance groups/schools Performing Experience: 1) CCTV Spring Festival Gala Dance <Butterfly of China>,Musical <Sunrise> 2) Musical <Cats>, <West side Story> etc. 3) Musical <Snow wolf lake><sand of gold> 4) The 50th Anniversary celebration of Beijing Dance Academy-<Classic Musical theater collection>