<center>Min Luo</center>

Min Luo

Artistic Director, Choreographer
Founder of HappyFeet Dance School
and HappyFeet Dance Company

Ms. Min Luo is the founder and artistic director of HappyFeet Dance School & Performance, and HappyFeet Dance Company.

At the young age of five, Ms. Luo discovered her passion for Chinese dance. Ms. Luo has dedicated 30 years of her life to training, performing, and teaching the art of traditional Chinese dance. Today as a proud Chinese-American and Texan, Ms. Luo is fully devoted to sharing the best of China’s performing arts and culture with her students and the American general public.

Since moving from Boston to Dallas in 2011, Ms. Luo has transformed her dream into the preeminent Chinese dance school in the Dallas – Ft. Worth metroplex.

With rare skills and knowledge to share, Ms. Luo has been honored by invitations to teach and choreograph for many US dance schools and programs. Some examples include the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association; Angel Dance Company in Boston; Harvard Multicultural Event in Cambridge; RCLS North Carolina; Highland Park High School’s Dance Program in Dallas; and UNT Dance Department in Denton.

Prior to moving to the US in 2003, Ms. Luo produced and hosted a popular dance/fitness daily-televised program: “Follow me, Every Day”. She also worked for the highly esteemed Wu Xiang Dance Academy as a dancer, instructor and choreographer.

Ms. Luo’s education and certification highlights include: Artistic degree in Dance from Guangxi Arts Institute; Registered Teacher with Beijing Dance Academy; Member of China Dancers Association; Licensed Instructor in Aerobics and Yoga from Les Mills; Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Bentley University (Waltham, Massachusetts).

<center>Manman Yu</center>

Manman Yu

Traditional Chinese Dance Instructor & Choreographer
Artistic Director of HappyFeet Dance Company

Ms. Manman Yu received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance from the elite Beijing Dance Academy (北京舞蹈学院) in 2006. Founded in 1954, Beijing Dance Academy is recognized as China’s oldest and #1 ranked performing arts school. As a student at the academy, Ms. Yu focused on Chinese Classical Dance, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, and Chinese Folk Dance. Ms. Yu has mastered many ethnic folk dances including Han, Tibetan, Mongolian, Uygur, Korean, Dai, Yi, and Miao among dozens of other styles.

In 2006, Ms. Yu joined the prestigious Beijing Dance Theater as a professional dancer, actor, choreographer, and director. From 2006 to 2012, Ms. Yu accumulated a wealth of on-stage dancing and acting experience performing at more than 500 venues, theaters, television stations, cultural celebrations and business events that spanned across the country and beyond. During this time, she won a number of dance awards, and was highly praised by both domestic and international audiences in China, the United States, Britain, Russia, Australia, Peru, Dubai, New Zealand, Japan, and Korea.

While on her professional journey, Ms Yu began sharing her skills and her passion for dance with others by teaching many talented young students. Ms. Yu is known for creating her own unique performance style, and for adding modern elements into folk and classical dances. Ms. Yu breaks down stereotypes with innovation so that her students and audience can better understand, connect with, and appreciate the universal art of dance.

Click here to see Manman Yu’s performance experience

  • September 2007, the main performer in “Sino-Japanese Cultural Week, Sports Exchange Year”, China;
  • November 2007, performed in “Sino-Australia Cultural Exchange Performances” , New Zealand and Australia;
  • February 2008, pas de Deux dancer in “Sino-Britain Cultural Exchange Year”, UK;
  • October 2008, performed in “Lima-Beijing 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relation”, Peru;
  • November 2009, pas de Deux dancer in “Chinese Art Festival”, US;
  • November 2011, pas de Deux dancer in “Asian Culture Festival”, US.
  • July 2011, pas de Deux dancer of “Always be there” in Youku Film Festival, There are hundreds of important artists participated in the activity, including worldwide famous movie stars ZHANG Ziyi, Aaron Kwok, ZHANG Guoli, JIANG Qinqin etc. Link: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjg1NDA1NDg0.html.
  • November 2011, the main performer and Chronographer in “Chinese Culture Week”, UAE;
  • August 2013, performed in Jackie Chan’s concert. Participants in the activity are: Jackie Chan, Emil Chau, ZHAO Benshan, Xiao Shenyang, Jonathan Lee etc. It was highly concerned by websites and newspapers including CCTV,  Sohu, Netease, Sina. The network click volume reached 908,655.

Click here to see Manman Yu’s choreography experience

  • 2013, Tianjin Happy Valley large dance party “Tian Show”, choreographer;
  • 2013, Tianjin large real film show “Tianjin Hero”, executive director;
  • 2013, Inner Mongolia “Hailar No.1 Middle School Opening Ceremony of the 90th Anniversary”, dance director;
  • January 2011, Chinese Cultural Performances Opening Ceremony of National Museum of China, choreographer;
  • April 2011, Original Chinese folk dance & drum opera show choreographer;
  • April 2011, 18th World Medical Surgery Conference Opening Ceremony, choreographer;
  • May 2011, Fourth National Minorities Show “Guizhou folk dance Performance”, choreographer.
  • September 2011, Buyi large-scale live drama “Liyouli”, choreographer;
  • October 2011, multimedia creative dance “Yungang Grottoes”, choreographer;

Click here to see Manman Yu’s awards

  • Pas de Trois : Singapore international Music & Dance Competition Golden Award
  • Pas de Trois : the First Prize in the Professional Youth Group of Sixth North Provinces Areas Dance Competition
  • Pas de Trois : Ninth National Dance Competition Excellence Performance Award
  • Pas de Teux : the Second Prize of the Professional Group in Tenth National Dance Competition
  • Pas de Teux : Excellence Performance Award in Seventh National Dance Competition
  • Pas de Teux : the Best Ten Performances of Folk Dance in Sixth China Hehua Dance Competition.
<center>Xia Shi</center>

Xia Shi

Traditional Chinese Dance Instructor

Ms. Shi Xia earned her bachelor’s degree in Chinese Classical Dance from the elite Beijing Dance Academy (北京舞蹈学院). While attending school, she participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games; in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games; in the lead act of the 2009 National Day Dance to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China; and in the 2013 Spring Festival Gala.

While working with China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism (formerly known as the “Ministry of Culture”), Ms. Xia travelled to Japan, Canada, Britain and other countries to exchange performances. She won first prize in the school cup dance competition, and won the Performance Award in the “Five Provinces of North China” dance competition.

After graduation, Ms. Xia returned to her alma mater and taught at the Beijing Dance Academy’s middle school (also known as “The Affiliated Secondary School of BDA”) for one year.

After her time teaching at the academy, Ms. Xia moved to the United States and graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington in 2017, and earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Ms. Xia joined the faculty at HappyFeet Dance School & Performance in 2018, specializing in traditional Chinese dance instruction.

<center>Jiyan Dai</center>

Jiyan Dai

Ballet Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Mr. Jiyan Dai began dancing at the Shenyang Dance Academy in China at the age of 10, and received his bachelor’s degree from the elite Beijing Dance Academy (北京舞蹈学院) when he was 19. Founded in 1954, Beijing Dance Academy is recognized as China’s oldest and #1 ranked performing arts school.

In 2004, Mr. Dai won the Bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Japan.

In 2006, Mr. Dai won the Artistry Award at the Vaganova IBC in Russia and the “Tao Li Cup” gold medal in China.

In 2009, Mr. Dai joined the Universal Ballet in South Korea and danced all around the world.

In 2012, Mr. Dai joined Tulsa Ballet.

Mr. Dai joined Texas Ballet Theater in 2014, and has choreographed the ballet “Classic Theme B” for Texas Ballet Theater School’s Professional Division.

Mr. Dai has performed many principal roles, including: Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Five Poems, Dracula, Cinderella, Roanld Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Harald Lander’s Études, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, Onegin, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, and Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort and Senchs Tanze, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 7, and William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Wayne McGregor’s Presentient and The Four Temperaments, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, James Kudelka’s There Below, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Jorma Elo’s One/End/One, Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Christopher Bruce’s Rooster.

<center>Grace Zhao</center>

Grace Zhao

Traditional Chinese Dance Instructor

Ms. Grace Zhao has studied dance since she was six years old when she discovered her passion for the art. At the age of twelve, Ms. Zhao attended the Jinan Art School and began to study professional Chinese dance as a talented and dedicated student. Ms. Zhao has competed in and won two second-class scholarships and two third-class scholarships at Jinan Art School.

Grace has enjoyed the honor of dancing in many on-stage public performances and competitions, and has participated in the closing ceremony of the Eleventh National Games of China in 2009.

Grace loves the art of Chinese dance so much that in 2017, she joined HappyFeet Dance School as a junior instructor. Ms. Zhao also attends Collin College as a full-time nursing student.

<center>Kristin Denson</center>

Kristin Denson

Jazz Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Kristin Denson first started dancing when she was four years old in Carrollton, Texas at Power Dance Productions dance studio where she trained and danced competitively for ten years. After that, she continued her training at Top Hat Dance Centre for the next three years.

Kristin’s training included the styles of lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, modern, clogging, etc. During her sophomore year of high school she joined the drill team and was involved in that for three years, where she served as Junior Lieutenant and Senior Lieutenant.

Following high school, Kristin attended Texas State University where she got her BFA degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. While she was at Texas State, she was on Orchesis Dance Company for three years, serving as Financial Director her sophomore year and Artistic Director her junior year. In her senior year, Kristin was a proud member of Merge Dance Company, the touring/performing ensemble at Texas State.

After college, Kristin began teaching at dance studios, held workshops, worked with drill teams, and has choreographed multiple National winning competition routines.

Kristin has a passion for teaching and helping kids grow as dancers and people, which is exactly what she wants to do for the kids of HappyFeet Dance School!

<center>Sandra Pudasaini</center>

Sandra Pudasaini

Ballet Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Sandra Pudasaini received her classical training at the Ballet Memphis School under the direction of Janet Parke and Jessica Heinz. While there, Sandra performed with the junior company, working with choreographers such as Trey McIntyre and Karl Condon.

Sandra continued her dance education at Texas Christian University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Ballet and Modern Dance.

After graduating, Sandra stayed in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, performing and choreographing with several companies such as Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet and Contemporary Ballet Dallas.

Some of Sandra’s professional highlights include performing as “Alice” in Alice in Wonderland, the doll in What a Doll by Emilie Skinner and Danielle Georgiou, and the Bluebird from Sleeping Beauty.

<center>Jingkun (Jackie) Yang</center>

Jingkun (Jackie) Yang

Pop Dance Instructor

Jingkun (Jackie) Yang was an actress and a member of the Guizhou Provincial Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She participated in many performance activities including TV appearances, film and theatrical productions, stage performances, as well as performance directing, and she gained 2017 Miss Chinese Cosmos Pageant American Region Second Runner-Up & Miss Chinese Cultural Elegant.

After training with the gymnastics team, Jackie transitioned to the study of Yoga and Chinese folk dance including the ethnic dances of Dai, Han, Tibetan, Mongolian, Uygur and other ethnic minorities. Jackie is also an expert in other styles of dances such as Jazz, Hip-Hop, and modern dance.

Jackie earned her Bachelor’s degree from Communication University of China (中国传媒大学) and her Master degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is a professional in the applied knowledge of the performing arts including acting, directing and producing. Jackie is professionally qualified to teach Chinese dance and Yoga, and she obtained the title of Certified International Professional (CIP) Yoga Instructor in 2011.

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Katina Johns

Ballet Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Katina Johns is a professional ballet dancer, currently performing with Ballet North Texas. Prior to moving to Dallas, she danced professionally in Madison, WI, and New York. Katina is proficient in many styles of dance including, ballet, pointe, pas de deux, contemporary, and modern. She has trained extensively with world renowned teachers, mentors, and choreographers all over the country. As a teacher, Katina has been sharing her passion for dance with her students of all ages for over seven years, focusing on technique, artistry, and most importantly a genuine love for dance. She has taught and choreographed all ages and levels of students ranging from 3-adults, including professionals! Katina values a positive and encouraging learning environment in her classroom. She is thrilled to be a part of the amazing staff at Happy Feet Dance School and Performance! 

Katina attended Adelphi University, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 2017 with her B.F.A. in dance performance. Under Frank Augustyn, former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and recipient of the first place prize for best pas de deux from the International Ballet Competition in Moscow, she  was individually mentored in pas de deux, pointe, and ballet technique. There she also trained under instructors from companies all over the world, including Pennsylvania Ballet, Alberta Ballet, NDT, and other European companies. Her modern technique training was overseen by dancers from the Paul Taylor Company, the Graham Company, and Azsure Barton’s Company. In addition to her technique classes, Katina deeply studied Pilates and the outstanding effects it has in regards to technique, strength, flexibility, and injury prevention. Along with her college performing experiences, which included repertorie from many famous ballets, Martha Graham, Adelheid Strelick, and many more, she danced professionally all over New York, including with Eglevsky Ballet. She guested in roles such as The Sugar Plum Fairy and The Dew Drop Fairy to name a few. Outside of Adelphi, she was coached by other famous dancers including Ali Pourfarrokh and Katherine Healy. 

Growing up, Katina began fostering her passion for dance at Berks Ballet Theatre in Reading, Pennsylvania at the young age of 2. There she performed with the company and danced many lead roles in their performances! Her company was a part of Regional Dance America through which Katina was awarded several scholarships, including the Jonathon Phelps award for excellence in contemporary work and passion for dance. Additionally Katina has gone to professional summer intensives around the world such as, LINES Ballet, Zion Dance Project, ABT, and Nashville Ballet.

<center>Israel Pena</center>

Israel Pena

Latin Dance Instructor

Israel began his dance career at the University of North Texas. As a student he performed and taught Salsa at both UNT and TWU with an organization named “Bailamos.” Eventually becoming President, he discovered and developed his love of dance and passion for teaching.

After graduating with a Degree in International Studies and a minor in Spanish, He began working as a Ballroom Dance Instructor in Grapevine. Since then he has performed professionally with his students and his partners in exhibitions across the area. His students have shown promise in the five dance scholarship challenges and continued to rank well overall in competitions including San Antonio and Las Vegas. He is looking forward to continuing to prepare his students and any student interested for future competitions.

Israel is currently a Teaching Artist with Dancing Classrooms of North Texas, a program developed in the New York public schools by Pierre Dulaine. As seen in the documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom” and the movie “Take the Lead,” Dancing Classrooms teaches children more than Ballroom dancing; building self-esteem, confidence, and respect for yourself and those around you.