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Janie   Janie Yao
Co-Director and Choreographer

Janie Yao trained with Mitsi Dancing School and the Houston Ballet in Chinese Classical and Folk Dance and Ballet. Ms. Yao is also a certified teacher of the Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Syllabus. She earned a BFA in Dance Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Ballet, Modern and Jazz. During her studies at SMU, Ms. Yao worked with numerous world renowned dancers and master choreographers and choreographed many works for the Meadow’s Brown Bag Series and other events. Her choreography has been invited to many prestigious events such as the Dallas Morning News: Dance for the Planet, grand opening of Cirque de Soleil: Dralion in Houston, the grand opening of the Meadows Museum of Dallas with King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain, and etc. She is the founder and current executive and artistic director of Dance of Asian America, a non-profit dance company established in 2001.