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Wu Yanmei (MeiMei)

Actress, dancer & musician

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Dance. Music. Theatre.

Trained in dance and music from an early age, originally from Jiangsu province, China, MeiMei (WU Yanmei) is a dancer, singer, actress and Chinese zither player who has since gone on to perform to international acclaim. In 2006 she gained her MMus in (East Asian) Music Performance from SOAS, University of London and was also selected by Theatre-Rites, a London-based theatre company, to receive a bursary for minority ethnic visual artists/choreographers.

In 2009, she was nominated and short-listed for the 2009 Big Ben Award, the Ten Outstanding Chinese Young Persons in the UK Award.

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Fan Mang Mang

Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher

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Culture. Dance. Education.

Fan Mang Mang is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. Fan Mang Mang began her career at an early age studying acrobatics and Chinese dance. Having toured Europe and the far east she has gained valuable experience as a performer.

Her training continued at the famous Beijing Dance Academy where she studied Traditional Chinese dance, Chinese Folk dance and choreography. With many theatre and television credits in China under her belt, Fan Mang Mang now has the chance to share her skills with the people of the UK.

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Sin-Man Yue

Choreographer and performer

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Arts. Culture. Dance. Education.

Sin-Man Yue trained in contemporary, ballet and Chinese folk dance in her native Hong Kong and London Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating, she has worked with Bi Ma Dance Co., Janet Smith and Dancers, Claire Russ Ensemble and Victoria Marks etc… and performed nationally and internationally.

Sin Man also works intensively in cultural performances and workshops throughout the UK and collaborates regularly with different arts organisations on their education programmes, e.g. Pan Centre for Multicultural Arts, Museums, Cultural Co-operation and Chinese Cultural Centre.

Sinman Dance Company was formed in 2002. The aim of the company is to continually promote and develop Chinese dance in UK through public performances and activity workshops. They also attempt to meet the new creative challenges of the East and West cultures. The company funders include Arts Council and Awards For All.

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Kenny Ren

Chinese Performer of Saxophone & Magic

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Arts. Culture. Dance. Entertainment. Music. Sports.

Kenny Ren aims to build cultural partnerships between artists, schools, businesses and communities across the UK and China.

Kenny Ren was born in a tradition art family in Shandong, China. He enjoyed growing up with arts and music and found that he was gifted, developing as a multi-talented artist.

In 1994, he joined the Opera House of Shan Dong and qualified as a professional musician. In 2001, he further studied in Malaysia and in 2003 he moved to the United Kingdom.

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Jih-Wen Yeh

Artistic Director and Producer

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Arts. Culture. Dance. Education. Entertainment.

Taiwanese-born Jih-Wen Yeh trained in both Chinese and contemporary dance at the Taiwan Junior College and gained her BA (Hons) Dance Theatre at the Laban centre, London in 1993.

Jih-Wen has choreographed and performed professionally in both Chinese and contemporary dance. She had won a choreographic award from the Dance of Black Origin Festival led by the Greenroom Manchester. By March 2001 she had completed her fourth contract with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London to perform in the production of "Turandot" 2001. She is also working closely with the Chinese Arts Centre as an ongoing workshop leader since 1997. Jih - Wen
was selected and awarded as one of the ten leadership training course in East Scheme in 2007.

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