The Faculty

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Dongsheng  Wei

Artistic Director

Registered in the national "Who's Who" of both the United States and China, Mr. Dongsheng Wei graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1987 and was the principal dancer with the National Ballet of China until 1991. After 14 years as a principal dancer at the Atlanta Ballet, Mr. Wei now works full-time with his wife, Ms. Jenny Jue Chen at the Atlanta Professional Dance Academy (APDA), which he founded in 1997. With his professional experience, he is leading his school towards international recognition, having appeared on NBC's American's Got Talent as well as CCTV's Amazing Chinese. Now, he is developing cultural exchange programs between the United States and China while teaching classical ballet in the Johns Creek area and working  as a guest teacher around the world.

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Jenny Jue Chen

Principal

Ms. Jenny Chen was a dancer and choreographer received her professional dance training from the Beijing Dance Academy since 1973. She graduated with top honors from BDA prior to performing as a soloist dancer with the National Ballet China. In 1991, she joined Atlanta Ballet. Her specialties include choreography, teaching classical ballet and Chinese folk dance. She is the co-founder and co-director of APDA leading alongside her husband, Mr. Dongsheng Wei. Ms. Chen's specialties include choreography, classical ballet, and Chinese folk dance. 

Li Mi

Ballet

Ms. Li Mi has devoted her entire life to performing and teaching ballet. With top honor, she graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy since 1979, in addition, she is certified in the British RDA. Her specialties include choreography, classical ballet character dance and Chinese folk dance. For twenty years, she worked as a soloist dancer for the Central Ballet of China. She performed in four countries, including 32 cities in the United States. In 1999, she was invited by the Okada Ballet School in Japan to be its artistic director, and she served in that capacity for two years. She returned to China to teach ballet, and in 2004 her students won first prize in the Beijing Dance Competition. Ms. Mi devotes herself to teaching ballet to young children, adults and professional dancers and continues to be in her current position as ballet mistress in APDA. 

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Sara Wang

Chinese Folk Dance

Ms. Sara Wang was a principle Traditional Chinese dancer with Qian Feng and Zhejiang dance company. She is a member of Chinese Dance Artist Association. She danced in many countries includes 1988 represented China to perform at the United Nations. In the year of 1999, she worked as a dancing instructor for the Canadian Royal Academy of ballet. Ms. Wang currently is the dance director for the Chinese and American performance Group. She is the lead folk dance instructor in APDA and has choreographed many award-winning pieces for APDA soloists, small groups, and ensembles. Also she teaches contemporary dance.  

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Dana Crigler

Ballet

Ms. Dana Crigler was a professional dancer and has danced the roles of Sugarplum Fairy, Spanish, Snow, Puss N’ Boots, Blue Bird, Pas de Deux and Pas de Trois in Le Sylphide, and numerous original works by various choreographers. She received her early dance training in Matteson, IL and continued her professional training with Boitsov Classical Ballet School under the direction of Madame Elizabeth Boistov, a graduate and professional dancer with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Dana honed her ballet technique with retraining in Vaganova, completed training and launched her professional ballet career. She performs all styles of dance (Chachetti), ballet, modern (Duncan), tap, and jazz with ballet being her strength and passion. Ms. Dana is the one of the main Ballet instructor in APDA.

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Cherry Song

Hip Hop

Ms. Cherry Song began her dance training in 1998 and continued her training with the APDA until 2011. Now she is a teacher and choreographer in APDA, also she is  and free lance dancer, model and actress. Focusing on  Hip Hop, her work has been received very high acclimation in many perform repertoires with APDA and other community events. With her talents, she has won the Platinum Champion titles in the International Dance Challenge Competitions and has been featured in movies.

APDA

Atlanta Professional Dance Academy‚Äč

10750 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth, Ga. 30097

email:  dongswei@gmail.com  

Tel: 678.557.8299