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Beijing Dance Academy

"BDA offers a wide range of academic programs in Performance, Choreography, Dance Studies, Artistic Design for Theatre, Film & TV and Public Administration, with 18 concentrations at undergraduate level and 36 concentrations at postgraduate level..."

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Dai Ailian Foundation (DAF)

"Dai Ailian Foundation (DAF) is a non-profit company, incorporated on July 26, 2011 in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.DAF was formed to honour Dai Ailian, an international dance icon, distinguished principal dancer, teacher, choreographer, dance company artistic director, researcher, labanotator, lecturer and demonstrator who was born in Couva, Trinidad in 1916..."

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Dai Ailian

Madame Dai

"Born in Trinidad, West Indies, of Cantonese parents on May 10, 1916. Educated at St. Hilary’s High School in Port of Spain, Trinidad.At the age of 5, Dai Ailian learned ballet from her third-removed cousin, Sylvia Chen (Chen Xilan), who had studied in London, England...."

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Chongqing, Sichuan – Dance teacher at the National Opera School


Chongqing, Sichuan – Dance teacher at the National Institute of Social Education


Chongqing, Sichuan – Teacher and Head of the Dance Section of Yu Cai School


Shanghai – Teacher and Principal of the Music and Dance Academy


Beijing – Professor of Dance at the Peiping Art Academy and Peiping Teachers College


Head of the Dance Section of the Third Department (Arts Department) of the North China University


Head of the Dance Company of the Central Drama Academy for 1 year, then split up and became Central Folk Song and Dance Ensemble


Founding Principal of the Beijing Dance School (now Beijing Dance Academy)


In charge of the Asian Dance (India, Balinese and Burmese) at the Beijing Dance School


Artistic Director of Central Ballet of China


Artistic Advisor of Central Ballet of China


Besides teaching ballet in China, Dai Ailian was also a guest teacher at the Washington Ballet Washington, D.C, USA, and The Ballet of the Grand Theatre of Fenice (Venice), Italy.



Wang Cai-jun (Central Ballet of China in Beijing) and his partner Wang Qi-feng (of Shanghai Ballet) for the first Paris International Ballet Concours, winning the special prize for the Paris Open
Yang Xin-hua and his partner Xin-Lili of the Shanghai Ballet at the second New York International Ballet Competition, winning 3rd Prize.  At the third Tokyo Asian-Pacific International Ballet Concours got the Gold.  At the same Concours, Cai Li-jun of Shanghai got a 2nd Prize and Li Yen, then a student of the Beijing Dance Academy, won a 3rd Prize for Juniors
Repetiteur of the Artistic Staff in the summer of 1986 for the ballet ‘Don Quichotte’ with the Paris Opera Ballet performances at Palais Garnier, Paris Opera Theatre, the Chinese Principle Dancers of the Central Ballet of China, Guo Pei-hui and Shao Ming-hua performing the principle roles