Arts & Expression, Dance
A well-known non-profit organization founded in 1984 that aims to promote multiculturalism and the richness of Chinese heritage through Chinese dance. Over the years, the Chi-Ping Dance Group (CPDG) has been involved in numerous multicultural events and governmental ceremonies throughout Canada and abroad.
Chi-Ping Dance Group offers a variety of dance culture, which includes:
- Classical, Ethnic & Folk Chinese Dance classes for ages 4 to Adult
- Beijing Dance Academy Syllabus Examination preparation
- Kung Fu
- Cantonese Opera
- International Folk Dance
- Salsa / Ballroom
- Line Dance
- Belly Dance
- Yoga and Fitness Classes
Chi-Ping Dance Group has hosted several public shows across Toronto and provided opportunities for young Canadians to better understand Chinese culture and enhance their performing skills through different performances in classical, folk and contemporary dance styles.
The Chi-Ping Dance Group has hosted several public symposiums and workshops on Chinese dance with guest artists from renowned Chinese dance companies and famous dance artists from Hong Kong and China.
Members have actively participated in numerous multicultural festivals held across Canada and abroad, e.g. Sudbury, ON; Saint John’s, NB; China; Mexico; Hong Kong; Macau, etc. and fundraising events for charitable organizations, such as Sick Kids’ Hospital Foundation, United Way, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Yee Hong Wellness Centre, Mon Sheong Foundation, etc.
Chi-Ping Dance Group not only promotes student participation in cultural activities but is dedicated to teach, support and uncover the special talents of young dancers in obtaining their goals in pursuing their dance interests under the direction of professional and first-class instructors.
- Promote the richness of Chinese cultural heritage through the art of Chinese dances.
- Introduce Chinese dances as a means of promoting cultural exchange between people of different cultural backgrounds, which ultimately contributes to multiculturalism in Canada.
- Provide high standard and quality dance education for all age groups, including children, youth and adults, taught by an up-to-date, knowledgeable and caring faculty.
In the Community, Country and World
- Invited to participate in several workshops in Beijing, Yunnan, and Shenzhen in China
- In 2000, represented Canada at the International Folklore Festival held in Zacatecas, Mexico
- In 2004, invited by Dr. Stanley Ho to perform in Macau, Hong Kong and Zhong Shan, China
- Municipal and provincial authorities have recognized members for their outstanding volunteering achievements and participation in numerous fundraising events since 1994
- Countless awards for excellent choreography and performances in Canadian and North American dance competitions
Ms. Chi-Ping Lau, a choreographer, dancer and dance educator, is the founder and the Artistic Director of Chi-Ping Dance Group. She graduated from Laban Center, University of London, and is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association and a former director of Community Folk Art Council of Metro Toronto.
Ms. Lau studied Chinese dance under the renowned professional dance artist, Mr. Sai-Fun Ng; ballet and National folk dances under Mr. Stephen Kwok and Ms. Pearl Chan. While in Hong Kong, Ms. Lau taught dance instructors, and instructed in dance programs at post-secondary institutions. She participated in the special training workshops for overseas Chinese dance teachers in Beijing held by Ministry of Cultural Dept of China in 1993.
Ms. Lau has been presented with an award of Outstanding Achievement by the Chinese Community Centre in 1986. In 1992, she received an award of recognition from the City of Scarborough for promoting dancing in the community. In 1997, she was awarded the Civic Award of Merit from the City of Scarborough for accomplishment in the dance field of Cultural Achievement & Community Activity. In 2000, she received Volunteer Award from Ontario Government. In 2012, Ms. Lau was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Scarborough Agincourt Silver Jubilee Medal. She is Honourable & Artistic Advisor of the Chinese Collective Arts Association, which aims to promote Chinese arts and culture.
Chinese Collective Arts Association
Chinese Collective Arts Association (CCAA) is a non-profitable organization established since 2009 that promotes and educates the Chinese cultural arts to the community through engagements and events. After years of being trained in Chinese Dance together, a group of dancers from Chi-Ping Dance Group gathered to share their passion for the Chinese cultural arts and to promote it to the community, led by their enthusiasm for dance, music, theatre and hosting functions and events.
The organization’s objectives are:
- To serve the community through organizing and participating in charitable events.
- To work in conjunction with other organizations, groups, and individuals to promote Chinese culture.
- To act as a forum for Chinese cultural education.
Since establishment in October 2009, CCAA has:
- Hosted a Chinese New Year workshop featuring Chinese Arts & Crafts, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Chinese Dance
- Hosted Strokes of Rhythm demonstrations and workshops featuring Chinese Painting and Chinese Dance, presented by professional artists as part of International Dance Day projects organized by DanceTO
- Hosted a Cantonese opera workshop demonstrated and presented by Starlight Cantonese Opera highlighting what Cantonese Opera is about and hands-on experience with props
- Hosted an open house Chinese dance dress rehearsal for Culture Days, a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement in arts and culture
- Offered a Chinese dance program at Hong Fook Mental Health Association
- Performed for Daily Bread Food Bank’s Fifth Annual Gala
- Supported and performed for Markham Mayor’s Youth Task Force Youth Week kick-off in support of Childhood Cancer Foundation
- Participated in Pluralism in Cultural Arts symposium hosted by University of Toronto Scarborough
- Performed for Asian Heritage Month at the University of Toronto
- Organized members’ trips to:
- Terracotta Warriors Exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum
- Colourful Guizhou, an award-winning show from China
- Dream of the Red Chamber, a famous dance-drama based on one of the four greatest written works in Chinese classical literature
- Chinese Rock-Musical Monkey King
- Cock Pit by Wen Wei Dance Troupe from Vancouver.