The only dance troupe of its kind at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Pan-Asian Dance Troupe seeks to celebrate and educate the community on Pan-Asian culture through traditional, modern, and fusion dances, and to establish an organization in which people of all nationalities can learn to express themselves through the art of dance.

 

The Pan-Asian Dance Troupe performs on campus and in the greater Philadelphia community throughout the year at cultural celebrations and in guest performances for other performing arts groups and campus organizations. Our troupe was formed at the end of the 2000-2001 school year with the merging of a Chinese and a Filipino dance troupe. Since then, our repertoire has grown to encompass styles representing a multitude of ethnicities and Asian minority groups, including Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian, and Thai. We showcase original pieces choreographed by our dancers that incorporate elements of Asian traditional, Asian folk, and modern styles such as contemporary and hip-hop.

 

Through dance, we continue to seek greater diversity and promote the appreciation of all Pan-Asian cultures.

 

Pan-Asian Dance Troupe holds its annual auditions at the beginning of each Fall semester. Prospective dancers must attend an open audition and, if selected, a callback audition which takes place later in the week.


No previous dance experience is necessary. We hope to see you there!

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What do your auditions consist of?

Both our open and callback auditions begin with basic warm-ups and stretching, followed by a demonstration of the audition choreography.  For the remainder of the time, the dancers learn the combination and perform in small groups at the end of the session. In our open auditions, we typically teach a hip-hop combination.  In our callback auditions, we teach Asian traditional or fusion choreography, which includes open-hand styles and/or props.
 

2. What do you look for in dancers?

In addition to good dance technique, we also note prospective dancers' work ethic and attitudes throughout our auditions.  Show us your passion for dance and have fun with the choreography! Don't be afraid to ask questions and talk with our current members!
 

3. What if I don't have previous dance experience?

Don't let lack of dance experience discourage you from auditioning. Many of our current members had no previous dance experience when they joined the Troupe.  What's more important than experience is the potential to grow as a dancer.
 

4. I plan to audition for another group in addition to Pan-Asian, but the audition times overlap. What should I do?

We offer two open auditions, please attend the time that best accommodates your schedule.  If neither of these time slots fit into your schedule, please contact us for information regarding make-up auditions.
 

5. What should I wear to your auditions?

Please wear comfortable clothes and athletic/dance shoes that you can move easily in.

 

Still have questions? Please feel free to contact us!

Class of 2018

 College of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: Houston, Texas   What's your most memorable moment in Pan-Asian?   My most memorable Pan-Asian moments have been whenever we travel together: from road trips to perform gigs and sightsee, to flying out to the Caribbean together for Spring Break. It makes PADT feel like a family that goes well beyond campus boundaries.   If you could have any superpower, what would it be?   If I could have any superpower, I would either have the power to be invisible or the power to fly :o I feel like those would come in handy.   Why did you start dancing?   I started dancing in 2nd grade (I think) because dance was something my mom always wanted to do when she was younger. Since she didn't have the opportunity to do so when she was younger, she enrolled me in a class to make sure I was able to experience it! And I loved it :') 

College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Houston, Texas

What's your most memorable moment in Pan-Asian?

My most memorable Pan-Asian moments have been whenever we travel together: from road trips to perform gigs and sightsee, to flying out to the Caribbean together for Spring Break. It makes PADT feel like a family that goes well beyond campus boundaries.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any superpower, I would either have the power to be invisible or the power to fly :o I feel like those would come in handy.

Why did you start dancing?

I started dancing in 2nd grade (I think) because dance was something my mom always wanted to do when she was younger. Since she didn't have the opportunity to do so when she was younger, she enrolled me in a class to make sure I was able to experience it! And I loved it :') 

Amber Chen

 College of Arts and Sciences   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   I joined Pan-Asian because college is about stepping out of your comfort zones and meeting new people. Dancing was something that I've always been interested in, but never really given a chance to. I love Asian culture, and being able to embrace that while dancing is something you can't find anywhere else at Penn.   If you could have any superpower, what would you have?   I would love to be able to control time. Time is something we're constantly chasing, it seems like everyday we're just so short on time. If I could control time, I would make more time for my friends and family and build those relationships that we often neglect in the midst of all the chaos that comes out of life.   What does Pan-Asian mean to you?   Pan-Asian is like the perfect family and more. We don't just dance together, we go through all the emotions of the spectrum together. It's a vast network of support that goes beyond our college years. When we say PA4L, we mean it! :>

College of Arts and Sciences

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I joined Pan-Asian because college is about stepping out of your comfort zones and meeting new people. Dancing was something that I've always been interested in, but never really given a chance to. I love Asian culture, and being able to embrace that while dancing is something you can't find anywhere else at Penn.

If you could have any superpower, what would you have?

I would love to be able to control time. Time is something we're constantly chasing, it seems like everyday we're just so short on time. If I could control time, I would make more time for my friends and family and build those relationships that we often neglect in the midst of all the chaos that comes out of life.

What does Pan-Asian mean to you?

Pan-Asian is like the perfect family and more. We don't just dance together, we go through all the emotions of the spectrum together. It's a vast network of support that goes beyond our college years. When we say PA4L, we mean it! :>

Kaiwui Ye

Bill Lou

 College of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: Andover, MA   What does Pan-Asian mean to you?    I can honestly say that joining Pan Asian my freshman year was one of the best decisions I made at Penn. I cannot imagine a better family to have grown with the past three years.    If you could have any superpower, what would you have?    Be able to eat as much as I want, without getting fat or contracting any health-related issues   What are your hobbies?   I love creating (drawing, painting, taking photos). Over the past year, I have also gotten into making videos to document my life, more so for me to be able to look back on and re-experience certain moments in time. I'm also a big fan of walking - I have recently invested in another mode of transportation (my Penny board) but have not yet mastered the art of not falling off. 

College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Andover, MA

What does Pan-Asian mean to you?

I can honestly say that joining Pan Asian my freshman year was one of the best decisions I made at Penn. I cannot imagine a better family to have grown with the past three years. 

If you could have any superpower, what would you have?

Be able to eat as much as I want, without getting fat or contracting any health-related issues

What are your hobbies?

I love creating (drawing, painting, taking photos). Over the past year, I have also gotten into making videos to document my life, more so for me to be able to look back on and re-experience certain moments in time. I'm also a big fan of walking - I have recently invested in another mode of transportation (my Penny board) but have not yet mastered the art of not falling off. 

Wendy Zhou

 College of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: Spring, Texas   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   I had danced for many years when I was younger and wanted to pick it up again in college. Pan-Asian, with its many different styles, really appealed to me. I had never done hip hop or traditional dance before and really wanted to try something new!   Why did you start dancing?   As a child, I wanted to learn martial arts, but my parents were afraid that because I had nursemaid's elbow, my bones wouldn't be able to withstand targeted impact. Thus, they put me in ballet as a "compromise." Luckily, I took to dancing pretty quickly, and now I can't imagine my life without it.   What other hobbies do you have?   I like to read historical romances (my guilty pleasure), nap multiple times a day, cry with my roommate about my hopeless future, and crochet granny squares. Sometimes I'll be inspired to learn a new language, but I usually lose interest within a few days (I have commitment issues). Every once in a while, I go onto Coffee Meets Bagel to explore the dating scene, but I inevitably become overwhelmed and delete the app (re: commitment issues).

College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Spring, Texas

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I had danced for many years when I was younger and wanted to pick it up again in college. Pan-Asian, with its many different styles, really appealed to me. I had never done hip hop or traditional dance before and really wanted to try something new!

Why did you start dancing?

As a child, I wanted to learn martial arts, but my parents were afraid that because I had nursemaid's elbow, my bones wouldn't be able to withstand targeted impact. Thus, they put me in ballet as a "compromise." Luckily, I took to dancing pretty quickly, and now I can't imagine my life without it.

What other hobbies do you have?

I like to read historical romances (my guilty pleasure), nap multiple times a day, cry with my roommate about my hopeless future, and crochet granny squares. Sometimes I'll be inspired to learn a new language, but I usually lose interest within a few days (I have commitment issues). Every once in a while, I go onto Coffee Meets Bagel to explore the dating scene, but I inevitably become overwhelmed and delete the app (re: commitment issues).

Faustine Sun

 College of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: Nantong, China   What is your ideal vacation?   It should be a small town with exotic culture. Preferably in the winter, so there is less heat and sunlight. And good food.   If you could have any superpower, what would it be?   I want to have telepathic and telekinetic powers so that I know what other people are thinking without talking to them. Also I can use it to move things just like Phoenix.  What was your most memorable moment in Pan-Asian?   Getting pied!

College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Nantong, China

What is your ideal vacation?

It should be a small town with exotic culture. Preferably in the winter, so there is less heat and sunlight. And good food.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I want to have telepathic and telekinetic powers so that I know what other people are thinking without talking to them. Also I can use it to move things just like Phoenix.

What was your most memorable moment in Pan-Asian? 

Getting pied!

Xinping Yang

 College of Arts and Science  Hometown: Livingston, N   What does Pan-Asian mean to you?   an-Asian means I'm forced to xercise every week, but it also means family. These are the people I dance with, I study with, watch movies with, eat and cook with; these are people I go to if I feel stressed or if something amazing happens and they're the reason why I look forward to practice every weekend even if one of them is killing us with kung-fu training every week. I could not have imagined being at Penn without Pan-Asian and I know PADT will be lifelong family. PADT4life <3   Why did you join Pan-Asian?    wanted to continue dancing and find a community on campus. But really, it was because I wanted one of those really cool track jacket.    If you could have any superpower, what would you have?   efinitely the teleportation ability. No more waking up at 8:30 in the morning to walk to DRL, no more having to pay $2500 or taking two days to travel to New Zealand, no more having to plan 15 minutes in advance to walk to Houston Hall Platt, no more having to wait until breaks to visit home - I could be anywhere in the matter of seconds :)

College of Arts and Science

Hometown: Livingston, N

What does Pan-Asian mean to you?

an-Asian means I'm forced to xercise every week, but it also means family. These are the people I dance with, I study with, watch movies with, eat and cook with; these are people I go to if I feel stressed or if something amazing happens and they're the reason why I look forward to practice every weekend even if one of them is killing us with kung-fu training every week. I could not have imagined being at Penn without Pan-Asian and I know PADT will be lifelong family. PADT4life <3

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

wanted to continue dancing and find a community on campus. But really, it was because I wanted one of those really cool track jacket. 

If you could have any superpower, what would you have?

efinitely the teleportation ability. No more waking up at 8:30 in the morning to walk to DRL, no more having to pay $2500 or taking two days to travel to New Zealand, no more having to plan 15 minutes in advance to walk to Houston Hall Platt, no more having to wait until breaks to visit home - I could be anywhere in the matter of seconds :)

Helen Chen

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Yichen Li

Class of 2019

 School: Engineering  Hometown: Reading, MA  Why did you join Pan-Asian?  I joined Pan-Asian to find an opportunity to dance, but stayed because of the amazing people and memories.&nbsp;  If you could have any superpower, what would you have?  I would want to be able to speak any language. That way, when I travel to new places I can communicate with the people there and learn about their culture and their food!!  What are your hobbies?  I love attending live concerts, visiting bookstores, playing the viola, and traveling with friends and family.

School: Engineering

Hometown: Reading, MA

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I joined Pan-Asian to find an opportunity to dance, but stayed because of the amazing people and memories. 

If you could have any superpower, what would you have?

I would want to be able to speak any language. That way, when I travel to new places I can communicate with the people there and learn about their culture and their food!!

What are your hobbies?

I love attending live concerts, visiting bookstores, playing the viola, and traveling with friends and family.

Ada Li

 School of Engineering   Why did you start dancing?   I started dancing at weekend Chinese school when I was 5. My options were either dance, gymnastics, or volleyball. The gymnastics teacher scared me and volleyball hurt my arms, so dance it was! I've been doing traditional Chinese dance ever since and also did some ballet in middle school. I'm so glad that Panasian allows me to practice the styles I'm familiar with, but also explore new styles I never saw myself doing.   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   Basically because Dee flyered me on Locust. I saw the awesome performance at FPAN and already had the intention to audition. Then Dee stopped me on Locust and shoved a flyer in my hand and told me to audition so I abided. I'm so glad that I did because if I didn't, who would be willing to bake cookies with me at midnight??   What do you do in your down time?   Eat, sleep, and cook. And after I cook I like to invite people over to eat with me because eating alone is v sad and company is always good! Also enjoy a good game of Catan now and then :)

School of Engineering

Why did you start dancing?

I started dancing at weekend Chinese school when I was 5. My options were either dance, gymnastics, or volleyball. The gymnastics teacher scared me and volleyball hurt my arms, so dance it was! I've been doing traditional Chinese dance ever since and also did some ballet in middle school. I'm so glad that Panasian allows me to practice the styles I'm familiar with, but also explore new styles I never saw myself doing.

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

Basically because Dee flyered me on Locust. I saw the awesome performance at FPAN and already had the intention to audition. Then Dee stopped me on Locust and shoved a flyer in my hand and told me to audition so I abided. I'm so glad that I did because if I didn't, who would be willing to bake cookies with me at midnight??

What do you do in your down time?

Eat, sleep, and cook. And after I cook I like to invite people over to eat with me because eating alone is v sad and company is always good! Also enjoy a good game of Catan now and then :)

Eileen Huang

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Alice Li

 School of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: Long Island, New York   What was your favorite Pan-Asian moment?   My favorite Pan-Asian moment is definitely when we go karaoking after winter social--everyone is passionately screaming at the top of their lungs while they shove the microphone in my face.    Did you dance before coming to college?   I came into college with practically no dancing experience, but I was interested in hip hop and wanted to give dancing a shot.   What are your hobbies?   Other than dancing, I like singing, traditional and digital illustration, music production, fashion, and avant-garde memes.&nbsp;

School of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Long Island, New York

What was your favorite Pan-Asian moment?

My favorite Pan-Asian moment is definitely when we go karaoking after winter social--everyone is passionately screaming at the top of their lungs while they shove the microphone in my face.

Did you dance before coming to college?
I came into college with practically no dancing experience, but I was interested in hip hop and wanted to give dancing a shot.

What are your hobbies?

Other than dancing, I like singing, traditional and digital illustration, music production, fashion, and avant-garde memes. 

Rose Kong

 The Wharton School  Hometown: East Windsor, NJ   What does Pan-Asian mean to you?   Since my freshman year, Pan-Asian has been a family of artists and creators to me. The passion and dedication of the members in this Troupe rival that of the most tight-knit groups you could think of, and it’s truly unique to be a part of the Pan-Fam. We push each other in dance and in our personal endeavors. Pan-Asian is both welcoming and supportive, and it is where I have met some of my life-long friends.   What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?   Nothing compares to the feeling of your my first show with the Troupe my freshman year. It was extra special because it was Pan-Asian’s 15th anniversary show, and thus, a lot of alumni came back for the show. Throughout, I remember seeing some of my upperclassmen role models leave it all on the stage, and it was a moment when I realized that I wanted to carry on the legacy of Pan-Asian.   If you could have any superpower, what would you have?   Definitely time control (so I can choreo and turn in CIS assignments in peace).

The Wharton School

Hometown: East Windsor, NJ

What does Pan-Asian mean to you?

Since my freshman year, Pan-Asian has been a family of artists and creators to me. The passion and dedication of the members in this Troupe rival that of the most tight-knit groups you could think of, and it’s truly unique to be a part of the Pan-Fam. We push each other in dance and in our personal endeavors. Pan-Asian is both welcoming and supportive, and it is where I have met some of my life-long friends.

What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?

Nothing compares to the feeling of your my first show with the Troupe my freshman year. It was extra special because it was Pan-Asian’s 15th anniversary show, and thus, a lot of alumni came back for the show. Throughout, I remember seeing some of my upperclassmen role models leave it all on the stage, and it was a moment when I realized that I wanted to carry on the legacy of Pan-Asian.

If you could have any superpower, what would you have?

Definitely time control (so I can choreo and turn in CIS assignments in peace).

Brandon Lu

 School of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: Shenzhen, China   Did you dance before coming to college?   Before college, whenever music came on, I was only able to move my head to the beat. Now I can move more than that. Thanks, PADT!   What are your hobbies?   Other than dance, I've played guitar since I was in 6th grade, and spent up to 8 hours a day practicing. I also picked up photography and web dev in College. Check out my website! :D www.tongpow.com   What does Pan Asian mean to you?   Famiry. I think I'd be a completely different person if I haven't joined this group of wonderful and quirky individuals!&nbsp;

School of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Shenzhen, China

Did you dance before coming to college?

Before college, whenever music came on, I was only able to move my head to the beat. Now I can move more than that. Thanks, PADT!

What are your hobbies?

Other than dance, I've played guitar since I was in 6th grade, and spent up to 8 hours a day practicing. I also picked up photography and web dev in College. Check out my website! :D www.tongpow.com

What does Pan Asian mean to you?

Famiry. I think I'd be a completely different person if I haven't joined this group of wonderful and quirky individuals! 

Tong Pow

 School of Nursing  Hometown: Delano, California   What does Pan-Asian mean to you?   Pan Asian is a quirky random laugh, a sharp choreography correction, a sleepy midnight food run, a reckless inside joke, a careless arm around a shoulder, an encouragingly patient listen,&nbsp;a kind small gesture, a shocking big family, a snarky audience heckle and the best people I've been privileged to dance with and love.   What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?   My partner lifted me in the air Simba Lion King-style...and promptly dropped me a second after.   What are your hobbies?   When I'm not dancing, I write both poetry and fiction, sing classical opera, watch Friends, cook eggplant and tater tots, slap on makeup and talk the night away with my friends.

School of Nursing

Hometown: Delano, California

What does Pan-Asian mean to you?

Pan Asian is a quirky random laugh, a sharp choreography correction, a sleepy midnight food run, a reckless inside joke, a careless arm around a shoulder, an encouragingly patient listen, a kind small gesture, a shocking big family, a snarky audience heckle and the best people I've been privileged to dance with and love.

What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?

My partner lifted me in the air Simba Lion King-style...and promptly dropped me a second after.

What are your hobbies?

When I'm not dancing, I write both poetry and fiction, sing classical opera, watch Friends, cook eggplant and tater tots, slap on makeup and talk the night away with my friends.

Carmela Alonzo

Class of 2020

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Alex Liu

 The Wharton School  Hometown: Beijing, China   What's your perfect vacation?   I would like to go to the North Arctic for a month, feeling the holy aurora deep in the heart, enjoying the peace, and meditating under the starry sky.   What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?   The first moment came into my mind was our newbies’ first gig. At backstage, one minute before the stage lights were all turned on, we were holding each other’s hands and whispering “PADT 4 Life” again and again. I know it is a Pan-Asian tradition to whisper “PADT 4 Life” at backstage, but still, experiencing it for the first time left an enormous impact on me.&nbsp; I just can’t get over that moment, when we felt so unified and so driven by the same cause – Pan-Asian.   What are your hobbies?   Eating new types of food (right, usually I would be reluctant to taste it again once I have tried it for once!), acting and directing plays, listening to retro Cantonese music, traveling to some primitive places, playing mafia, exploring various Hutongs in Beijing, and running while enjoying the view of the city.&nbsp;

The Wharton School

Hometown: Beijing, China

What's your perfect vacation?

I would like to go to the North Arctic for a month, feeling the holy aurora deep in the heart, enjoying the peace, and meditating under the starry sky.

What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?

The first moment came into my mind was our newbies’ first gig. At backstage, one minute before the stage lights were all turned on, we were holding each other’s hands and whispering “PADT 4 Life” again and again. I know it is a Pan-Asian tradition to whisper “PADT 4 Life” at backstage, but still, experiencing it for the first time left an enormous impact on me.  I just can’t get over that moment, when we felt so unified and so driven by the same cause – Pan-Asian.

What are your hobbies?

Eating new types of food (right, usually I would be reluctant to taste it again once I have tried it for once!), acting and directing plays, listening to retro Cantonese music, traveling to some primitive places, playing mafia, exploring various Hutongs in Beijing, and running while enjoying the view of the city. 

Jingyi Zhang

 College of Arts and Science and Wharton School of Business  Hometown: Houston, TX   What is your perfect vacation?   My perfect vacation would be backpacking through Europe, Latin America, or Asia with a close travel companion.&nbsp;   What is your most memorable moment in PADT?   My most memorable moment in PADT was finally performing during our first show for the first time in front of a packed auditorium. It was exhilarating.&nbsp;   Why did I join PADT?   I had free time that afternoon and an urge to dance.   What is your optimal superpower?   My optimal superpower would be to immediately fall asleep for a predetermined interval of time. I could sleep through the first 5 minutes of class that are always useless review. I could sleep on airplanes or sleep through the compulsory Spotify advertisements. Along with this package would come the power to wake up right before anyone tries to draw mustaches on my face or take a billion phone selfies.&nbsp;   Why did you start dancing?   I started dancing because I love to MOVE!   What are your hobbies?   I am a dancer, photographer, vlogger/ videographer.

College of Arts and Science and Wharton School of Business

Hometown: Houston, TX

What is your perfect vacation?

My perfect vacation would be backpacking through Europe, Latin America, or Asia with a close travel companion. 

What is your most memorable moment in PADT?

My most memorable moment in PADT was finally performing during our first show for the first time in front of a packed auditorium. It was exhilarating. 

Why did I join PADT?

I had free time that afternoon and an urge to dance.

What is your optimal superpower?

My optimal superpower would be to immediately fall asleep for a predetermined interval of time. I could sleep through the first 5 minutes of class that are always useless review. I could sleep on airplanes or sleep through the compulsory Spotify advertisements. Along with this package would come the power to wake up right before anyone tries to draw mustaches on my face or take a billion phone selfies. 

Why did you start dancing?

I started dancing because I love to MOVE!

What are your hobbies?

I am a dancer, photographer, vlogger/ videographer.

Matthew Andersen

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Candra Feng

 Wharton/Engineering  Hometown: Princeton,&nbsp; NJ   What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?   My favorite moments are when we hangout and end up staying up until 5 or 6 in the morning talking and playing games:) I think staying up with Pan-Asian freshman year before some kind of school break was actually actually the first all nighter I pulled in college.&nbsp;   If you could have any superpower, what would it be?   &nbsp;The power to fly since I like traveling and hate wasting time.&nbsp;    What are your hobbies?    Besides dancing I like to paint, play piano and guitar, and occasionally play tennis when I'm not feeling lazy.&nbsp;

Wharton/Engineering

Hometown: Princeton,  NJ

What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?

My favorite moments are when we hangout and end up staying up until 5 or 6 in the morning talking and playing games:) I think staying up with Pan-Asian freshman year before some kind of school break was actually actually the first all nighter I pulled in college. 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

 The power to fly since I like traveling and hate wasting time. 

What are your hobbies?

Besides dancing I like to paint, play piano and guitar, and occasionally play tennis when I'm not feeling lazy. 

Katherine Li

 College of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: Great Neck, NY   What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?   My most memorable Pan-Asian moment is when I accidentally ruined boys' night by sending a snapchat of Tong at Nine Ting; I never lived that down :-(   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   Brandon Lu won't admit it, but as my peer advisor, he (aggressively) campaigned me and told me to try out for Pan-Asian. I don't regret this!&nbsp;   If you could have any superpower, what would you have?   If I could have any superpower, I would want to stop time whenever I want to sleep and study more.

College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Great Neck, NY

What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?

My most memorable Pan-Asian moment is when I accidentally ruined boys' night by sending a snapchat of Tong at Nine Ting; I never lived that down :-(

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

Brandon Lu won't admit it, but as my peer advisor, he (aggressively) campaigned me and told me to try out for Pan-Asian. I don't regret this! 

If you could have any superpower, what would you have?

If I could have any superpower, I would want to stop time whenever I want to sleep and study more.

Sean Na

 The Wharton School  Hometown: Houston, TX   Why did you start dancing?    When I was little, I used to go with my sister to their violin classes. However, since I didn't play the violin, I was always bored and would watch the dance class across the hall and would imitate them. Eventually my mom just signed me up for class there!&nbsp;   If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?    I would have the ability to transport myself instantaneously. That way, in the winter, I wouldn't have to face the snow and cold weather, I could just go from my dorm to class. Also, I would save time and could sleep in more!   What are your hobbies?    I like to read, sleep, and eat (on repeat).&nbsp;

The Wharton School

Hometown: Houston, TX

Why did you start dancing?

When I was little, I used to go with my sister to their violin classes. However, since I didn't play the violin, I was always bored and would watch the dance class across the hall and would imitate them. Eventually my mom just signed me up for class there! 

If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

I would have the ability to transport myself instantaneously. That way, in the winter, I wouldn't have to face the snow and cold weather, I could just go from my dorm to class. Also, I would save time and could sleep in more!

What are your hobbies?

I like to read, sleep, and eat (on repeat). 

Cheryl Li

 The Wharton School  Hometown: Chalfont, Pennsylvania   Why did you join Pan-Asian   After watching the Pan-Asian Youtube videos with Lina during senior year of high school, we were both adamant about trying out for the troupe once we got to campus. I did get flyered while going into 1920 Commons one day, but I was already sure that I would be trying out. Lina and I tried out at the last audition, the 11pm audition, and I fell in love.   Why did you start dancing?   I started dancing at my local dance school, taking ballet, tap, and jazz when I was five years old. At the same time, I learned various styles of Chinese dance at my Chinese school. I would also learn dances from watching videos online, and I practiced in my basement. When I started getting busier in high school, I started to focus on Chinese dance, and I still feel that it is one way I stay connected with my culture.   What are your hobbies?   I like to play tennis for fun, although I am not a super competitive person. I love listening to podcasts as well, and I highly recommend listening to  Code Switch &nbsp;and  More Perfect . I love playing my ukulele and harmonizing with anyone who is willing, and it is something I like to do to get my mind off of any stresses I'm dealing with. I also love waking up and starting the day off with a run or a workout!&nbsp;

The Wharton School

Hometown: Chalfont, Pennsylvania

Why did you join Pan-Asian

After watching the Pan-Asian Youtube videos with Lina during senior year of high school, we were both adamant about trying out for the troupe once we got to campus. I did get flyered while going into 1920 Commons one day, but I was already sure that I would be trying out. Lina and I tried out at the last audition, the 11pm audition, and I fell in love.

Why did you start dancing?

I started dancing at my local dance school, taking ballet, tap, and jazz when I was five years old. At the same time, I learned various styles of Chinese dance at my Chinese school. I would also learn dances from watching videos online, and I practiced in my basement. When I started getting busier in high school, I started to focus on Chinese dance, and I still feel that it is one way I stay connected with my culture.

What are your hobbies?

I like to play tennis for fun, although I am not a super competitive person. I love listening to podcasts as well, and I highly recommend listening to Code Switch and More Perfect. I love playing my ukulele and harmonizing with anyone who is willing, and it is something I like to do to get my mind off of any stresses I'm dealing with. I also love waking up and starting the day off with a run or a workout! 

Kathryn Wang

 Engineering &amp; Wharton  Hometown: San Jose, CA   What's your perfect vacation?   A spaceship to Mars (two-way is preferred)   If you could have any superpower, what would you have?   The ability to copy other people's ability. Honestly, I'm just really indecisive and can't commit to anything.   What are your hobbies?   Hiking, biking, shopping,&nbsp;9am classes, all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ, and dancing!

Engineering & Wharton

Hometown: San Jose, CA

What's your perfect vacation?

A spaceship to Mars (two-way is preferred)

If you could have any superpower, what would you have?

The ability to copy other people's ability. Honestly, I'm just really indecisive and can't commit to anything.

What are your hobbies?

Hiking, biking, shopping, 9am classes, all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ, and dancing!

Eric Zeng

 The Wharton School  Hometown: Flourtown, PA   What does Pan-Asian mean to you?   PADT = family!!&nbsp;   What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?   Filming newbie video with my newbie class on the roof of FroGro! The sunset was so pretty and I'll always remembering being surrounded the most amazing people &lt;3   If you could have any superpower, what would you have?   I would want the power of instant gourmet meals whenever I wanted! #neverstopeating

The Wharton School

Hometown: Flourtown, PA

What does Pan-Asian mean to you?

PADT = family!! 

What is your most memorable Pan-Asian moment?

Filming newbie video with my newbie class on the roof of FroGro! The sunset was so pretty and I'll always remembering being surrounded the most amazing people <3

If you could have any superpower, what would you have?

I would want the power of instant gourmet meals whenever I wanted! #neverstopeating

Lina Shi

Class of 2021

 School of Engineering  Hometown: Naperville, IL.   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   I joined Pan Asian because I have been doing traditional dance my whole life, and didn't want to lose that part of my cultural identity. Pan Asian is special because not only do we do more traditional style dances, we also mix in hip hop and modern styles too! I knew Pan would be an awesome family of support and love, and full of friends that I could look up to and get close to.   What's your perfect vacation?   My ideal vacation is to either go to a off-shore hut in Bora Bora, or go on a 2 month tour of all the Asian countries. I've always wanted to visit Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam, and revisit Korea and China. I mainly travel for food and views, so I love the variety of tastes and seeing the landmarks of each culture.&nbsp;   What are your hobbies?   My main hobby is art! I love to use colored pencil, watercolor, ink, and digital medias. My favorite things to draw are portraits and food! I've drawn every since I was little, and it serves as a source of calm and stress-relief for me during busy times.&nbsp;

School of Engineering

Hometown: Naperville, IL.

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I joined Pan Asian because I have been doing traditional dance my whole life, and didn't want to lose that part of my cultural identity. Pan Asian is special because not only do we do more traditional style dances, we also mix in hip hop and modern styles too! I knew Pan would be an awesome family of support and love, and full of friends that I could look up to and get close to.

What's your perfect vacation?

My ideal vacation is to either go to a off-shore hut in Bora Bora, or go on a 2 month tour of all the Asian countries. I've always wanted to visit Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam, and revisit Korea and China. I mainly travel for food and views, so I love the variety of tastes and seeing the landmarks of each culture. 

What are your hobbies?

My main hobby is art! I love to use colored pencil, watercolor, ink, and digital medias. My favorite things to draw are portraits and food! I've drawn every since I was little, and it serves as a source of calm and stress-relief for me during busy times. 

Adel Wu

 Nursing &amp; Wharton  Hometown: San Jose   What is your dream vacation?   I love being around water so my dream vacation involves kayaking, white water rafting, or just relaxing on the beach.&nbsp;   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   I joined Pan-Asian because I missed dancing and I really wanted to be back on stage. The PADT family has been so welcoming and wonderful from the very start.&nbsp;   If you could have nay superpower, what would it be?   If you could have any superpower, I would choose teleportation. NCH is way to far from all of my classes and I would appreciate 10 more minutes of sleep.&nbsp;

Nursing & Wharton

Hometown: San Jose

What is your dream vacation?

I love being around water so my dream vacation involves kayaking, white water rafting, or just relaxing on the beach. 

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I joined Pan-Asian because I missed dancing and I really wanted to be back on stage. The PADT family has been so welcoming and wonderful from the very start. 

If you could have nay superpower, what would it be?

If you could have any superpower, I would choose teleportation. NCH is way to far from all of my classes and I would appreciate 10 more minutes of sleep. 

Joanna Hu

 College of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: West Chester, PA   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   I joined Pan-Asian first and foremost because its members are some of the most genuine, welcoming people I've ever met. I also have done Chinese folk dance as well as ballet, modern, and jazz for most of my life and Pan-Asian allows me to continue doing so in college!   If you could have any superpower, what would it be?   If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to speak every language fluently.   What are your hobbies?   When I'm not dancing, I'm painting, trying to get better at photography, cooking, going out to eat with my friends, ice skating, going to concerts, or sleeping.

College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: West Chester, PA

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I joined Pan-Asian first and foremost because its members are some of the most genuine, welcoming people I've ever met. I also have done Chinese folk dance as well as ballet, modern, and jazz for most of my life and Pan-Asian allows me to continue doing so in college!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to speak every language fluently.

What are your hobbies?

When I'm not dancing, I'm painting, trying to get better at photography, cooking, going out to eat with my friends, ice skating, going to concerts, or sleeping.

Merry Gu

 School of Engineering  Hometown: Mount Laurel, New Jersey   What's your perfect vacation?   A week at the shore with a group of friends where we can take surfing lessons, go paddle boarding, play beach soccer, and take runs by the water.   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   I hoped to meet and become part of a family that I could have fun, dance, and eat with.&nbsp; I also missed practicing wushu in a studio and wanted to pick up dance again.   What are your hobbies?   I really enjoy eating guacamole, playing basketball and soccer with my friends, being in nature-y places, and playing piano (while attempting to sing along).

School of Engineering

Hometown: Mount Laurel, New Jersey

What's your perfect vacation?

A week at the shore with a group of friends where we can take surfing lessons, go paddle boarding, play beach soccer, and take runs by the water.

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I hoped to meet and become part of a family that I could have fun, dance, and eat with.  I also missed practicing wushu in a studio and wanted to pick up dance again.

What are your hobbies?

I really enjoy eating guacamole, playing basketball and soccer with my friends, being in nature-y places, and playing piano (while attempting to sing along).

Ally Zhang

 School of Engineering  Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   I joined Pan-Asian because they did a really great job advertising! Also, I liked how they're the only group who does fusion between hiphop and traditional style dances.&nbsp;   Why did you start dancing?   I started dancing after seeing a group of girls perform a Kpop dance in highschool. I thought it would be fun if my friends and I could form a guy dance group too since there was none at the moment. Sadly, only two other guys were willing to participate, so we ended forming a group with the girls we saw perform.&nbsp;   What are your hobbies?   My hobbies are playing badminton, reading manga, and of course dancing. ;) &nbsp;

School of Engineering

Hometown: Yangon, Myanmar

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I joined Pan-Asian because they did a really great job advertising! Also, I liked how they're the only group who does fusion between hiphop and traditional style dances. 

Why did you start dancing?

I started dancing after seeing a group of girls perform a Kpop dance in highschool. I thought it would be fun if my friends and I could form a guy dance group too since there was none at the moment. Sadly, only two other guys were willing to participate, so we ended forming a group with the girls we saw perform. 

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are playing badminton, reading manga, and of course dancing. ;)  

Kaung Khant (KK)

 College: School of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: London, England  What's your perfect vacation?  My perfect vacation would have to be being in comfortable place with the people and food I love.  If you could have any superpower, what would you have?  If I could have any superpower, I would undoubtedly go for mastery over time. So i could pause and sleep more, or reverse and study/practice more  Why did you start dancing?  I started dancing because when I was 7 I saw a performance that blew me away. There was only one guy dancer, but he still seemed to just be having so much fun. I wanted to have that :D   

College: School of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: London, England

What's your perfect vacation?

My perfect vacation would have to be being in comfortable place with the people and food I love.

If you could have any superpower, what would you have?

If I could have any superpower, I would undoubtedly go for mastery over time. So i could pause and sleep more, or reverse and study/practice more

Why did you start dancing?

I started dancing because when I was 7 I saw a performance that blew me away. There was only one guy dancer, but he still seemed to just be having so much fun. I wanted to have that :D

 

Luke Brandeen

The Wharton School

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

Why did you start dancing?

I watched swan lake for the first time when I was 4, and needed to learn ballet after that.

What's your perfect vacation?

Exploring a new city with a beautiful sunset and beach landscape and places to explore, for example Santorini or Bali!

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

To try a new form of dance and become a part of one of the tightest groups on campus.

 

Cindy Wang

 College of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: San Jose, CA   Why did you start dancing?   My family friend invited me to his dance team’s showcase at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in June 2017 and I became inspired by his passion. After his performance, I asked him if he could teach me, so over the summer we met up for weekly lessons. I still have a lot of room to grow, but my family friend gave me the confidence to at least audition this fall. I am now excited to practice dance in Pan-Asian and hope to show my family friend my growth.   If you could have any superpower, what would you have?   If I could have any superpower, I would want to be able to fly. I am tired of having to walk around everywhere, so flying would make life more exciting. It would also be a great way to gain a new and uplifting perspective in life. Plus, flying will compensate for my short height!   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   I am a transfer student from Emory University, and coming to a new campus is difficult. Though I need to make new friends this semester, transferring schools is like having a clean slate to try new things. This semester I want to learn more about dance and find a close-knit community, and fortunately, I found that both can be accomplished by joining Pan-Asian. Here's to new beginnings!   

College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Why did you start dancing?

My family friend invited me to his dance team’s showcase at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in June 2017 and I became inspired by his passion. After his performance, I asked him if he could teach me, so over the summer we met up for weekly lessons. I still have a lot of room to grow, but my family friend gave me the confidence to at least audition this fall. I am now excited to practice dance in Pan-Asian and hope to show my family friend my growth.

If you could have any superpower, what would you have?

If I could have any superpower, I would want to be able to fly. I am tired of having to walk around everywhere, so flying would make life more exciting. It would also be a great way to gain a new and uplifting perspective in life. Plus, flying will compensate for my short height!

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I am a transfer student from Emory University, and coming to a new campus is difficult. Though I need to make new friends this semester, transferring schools is like having a clean slate to try new things. This semester I want to learn more about dance and find a close-knit community, and fortunately, I found that both can be accomplished by joining Pan-Asian. Here's to new beginnings!

 

Ken Yanagisawa

 School of Engineering  Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey.   What does Pan-Asian mean to you?   Pan-Asian meant a chance to break out of my old self and finally be confident with myself doing something that I really love.   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   I joined Pan-Asian because I went to tryouts and was just amazed at how much fun and how cool of a group this was.   What are your hobbies?   My hobbies include swimming, biking, and running in that particular order as well as putting off work to the last second.  I don't actually have any presentable pictures of myself right now I'm working on it.

School of Engineering

Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey.

What does Pan-Asian mean to you?

Pan-Asian meant a chance to break out of my old self and finally be confident with myself doing something that I really love.

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I joined Pan-Asian because I went to tryouts and was just amazed at how much fun and how cool of a group this was.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include swimming, biking, and running in that particular order as well as putting off work to the last second.

I don't actually have any presentable pictures of myself right now I'm working on it.

Derek He

 College of Arts and Sciences  Hometown: Guangzhou, China   Why did you join Pan-Asian?   I joined Pan-Asian because I have always been interested in dancing and I heard about its open, no-experience-required audition.&nbsp;    If you could have any superpower, what would it be?    If I could have any superpower, I would like to be able to immortal and young forever.   What are your hobbies?   My hobbies are playing basketball, watching movies, playing drums playing video games and reading Chinese novels.

College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown: Guangzhou, China

Why did you join Pan-Asian?

I joined Pan-Asian because I have always been interested in dancing and I heard about its open, no-experience-required audition. 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any superpower, I would like to be able to immortal and young forever.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are playing basketball, watching movies, playing drums playing video games and reading Chinese novels.

Kenneth Li

We love you and we miss you <3. 

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Class of 2017

Monica Ng, Bill Lou, Min Jae Kim, Sophia Zeng 

 
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Class of 2016

Calvin Nguyen, Shuhao Fan, Felicia Yan, Alex Zhu, Seika Nago, Gene Eng, Crystal Yan, Amy Yu, Dee Luo

 

Class of 2015

Renyao Wei, Mengshu Shen, Qingying Xia, Christine Wu, Steven Huang, David Kim

 

Class of 2014

George Zhang, Kevin (Bruce) Lou, Melinda Wang, Ran Geng, Xiang Li 

 

Class of 2013 

Donna Chen, Fiona Lim, Jessica Liu, Lucia Xiong, Rachel Au-Yong 

Class of 2012

Annie Lee, Brian Chiang, Eve Lee, Julie Hoang, Michelle Fang, Nop Jiarathanakul, Teddy Zhang, Tenn Nuchkasem, Thang Thai

 
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Class of 2011 

Jiying Zhang, Joanna Wu, Phillip Hsiao, Rebecca Feng, Siwei Zhou, Winston Ma 

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Class of 2010

Allan Yang, Audrey Chang, Bao Ha, Derek Ma, Joyce Chang, Karen Wong, 

 

Class of 2009

 

Amber Chi, Flora Zeng, Lionel Yeo, Virginia Shu

Class of 2008

Celica Yan, Connie Liu, Felicia Tsaur, Feng Hong, Jennifer Chen, Jennifer So, Jonathan Wu, Joyce Jin, Vivian Lee, Yangie Chung

 

Class of 2007

Dylan Bordonaro, Feng Ye, Jon Chu, Justin Wood, Kritika Amarnath, Lina Kim, Ying Dan, Yinyin Wu

Class of 2006

Ann Klinkusoom, Diana Vining, Helen Cline, Ji Hea (Jay) Kim, Joyce Chan, Lilangi Ediriwickrema, Margaret Breitton, Michelle Chen, Muoy Lim

 

Class of 2005

Calvin Lew, Diana Kitaji, Edy Yang, Greg Hui, Helen Tam, Lulu Liu, Renee Lam, Shelley Zhang, Shirley You

Class of 2004

Amelia Lo, Anca Chung, Annie Yu, Chi Nguyen, Cindy Hwang, Eian More, Grace Chien, Jennifer Chang, Jennifer Hsu, Joanna Ho, Judy Lin, Nikita Shrimanker, Olivia Yu, Penelope Thomas, Shiella Cervantes, Tiffany Choi

 

Class of 2003

Ruby Wang

Class of 2002 

Alice Wu, Boram Kim