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

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Amber Chen

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Kaiwui Ye

Bill Lou

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Wendy Zhou

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Faustine Sun

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Xinping Yang

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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.  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

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Eileen Huang

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Alice Li

Rose Kong

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Brandon Lu

Tong Pow

Carmela Alonzo

Class of 2020

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Alex Liu

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Jingyi Zhang

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Matthew Andersen

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Candra Feng

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Katherine Li

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Sean Na

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Cheryl Li

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Kathryn Wang

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Eric Zeng

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Lina Shi

Class of 2021

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Adel Wu

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Joanna Hu

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Merry Gu

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Ally Zhang

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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

 

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Cindy Wang

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Ken Yanagisawa

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Derek He

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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