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Acclaimed Master Teacher Tong Wang to join BIA Intensive as Guest Teacher

Tong Wang graduated with honors from the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy in 1986, after which he performed as a principal dancer with companies such as Shanghai Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Dayton Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and, most recently, Ballet West, where he performed leading roles in both classical and contemporary repertoire, including the work of Balanchine, Ashton, Tudor, Forsythe, and Van Manen, to name a few.

Tong was featured in the First China Arts Festival, 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and Edinburgh International Dance Festival. Following a successful career as a principal artist, Tong Wang has continued to devote his talents to the field of dance as a master teacher, choreographer, and dance professor. While dancing professionally, Tong completed his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Ballet Teaching and Choreography with the University of Utah Ballet Department and also worked as a guest faculty member from 2000-2005. From 2005-2007, Tong served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Wright State University. From 2007-2011, he held the position of Assistant Professor of Dance at Butler University. In fall 2011, Tong joined the distinguished Dance Department of University of California, Irvine as an Assistant Professor of Dance, where he organized and created a successful first annual East Meets West International Dance Festival in 2016.

As a master teacher, Tong Wang taught at the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy, International Gala-Cincinnati, National Choreography Initiative, Ballet West, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Arkansas and he is a regular faculty at Maple Conservatory of Dance. In recent years, Tong’s creative works have continued to become notable internationally. While his choreographic works have received high praise from the nationally ranked dance departments of University of Utah, Butler University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Mt Holyoke College, and University of California-Irvine, his work has also been performed by companies such as Ballet West, Chinese Military Dance Ensemble, Pacific Symphony and Ballet Arkansas. One of his recent works, Qiu Yie, won him an Outstanding Choreographer Award at the 2012 Youth America Grand Prix, the largest ballet competition in the world. Internationally, he continues to choreograph new works, teach master classes and stage his work in various dance schools and companies, including Beijing Dance Academy, Zhejiang Professional Arts Academy, Nanjing University of the Arts, Shanghai Normal University, Tianjing University, Beijing Normal University and Fudan University. His students are dancing worldwide in professional dance companies such as English National Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet San Jose, BalletMet, BalletX, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Complections, Hubbard Street, Milwaukee Ballet, and Sarasota Ballet.

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