Artistic Director & Choreographer
Lucas Ferrari is a class member in Xing Dance Theatre’s ballet classes. He began his dance journey journey at age 19 and now harbours a great passion for the art. His favourite styles are ballet and contemporary. Outside of the studio Lucas is on his fourth year of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Lucas finds dance gives him energy to do better in school.
Born and raised in Toronto, Kristel began dancing at a young age. She trained at various ballet schools until joining Xing Dance Theatre when she was 14 years old. Through Xing Bang Fu’s tutelage Kristel learned Chinese dance as well as how to fuse classical ballet and contemporary dance together. To further her passion for the arts and dance, Kristel attended Earl Haig Secondary School in the Claude Watson’s Arts Program, majoring in dance
With Xing Dance Theatre, Kristel has performed in a multitude of productions across the GTA. Some notable credits are Nutcracker as the Snow Queen and various other roles; Farewell My Concubine as The Drunken Concubine, Yang Yuhuan ;Butterfly Lovers, Rice and Ink in various roles.
Started as a beginner when I was 35, I studied Classical Chinese, Chinese folk, Classical and Contemporary ballet under Xing and has been dancing with him since. I had had injuries before I had enough techniques and am really honoured to be chosen to do Clara this year in the 2016 Nutcracker.
I have been in almost all the Nutcracker shows choreographed by Xing. But usually I am just the nanny and core in the fighting scene, snow and flower waltz.
I had performed in Butterfly Lover, Yellow River, MeiLanFang, Goddess of Duang Huang, White Snake, etc and other folk dances.
Sze-Yang is a queer Taiwanese/Chinese dancer, martial artist, storyteller & community developer. Sze-Yang shares stories through movement for self love, empowerment, and liberation as an independent artist and as part of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company. Sze-Yang has showcased works and performed internationally. Sze-Yang is committed to helping LGBTQ people share their stories by creating more accessible dance education and performance opportunities. A graduate of school of TDT, Sze-Yang continues to study Ballet with Xing Bang Fu and Christine Wright, Wing Chun with Ryan Kennedy, Hip Hop and Street Styles.
Järvi Raudsepp trained at the Academy of Ballet and Jazz with Nadia Veselova-Tencer for nine years. Upon graduation at 17, she was offered a contract with the National Ballet of Estonia, and danced in her country of heritage for two years. Since then, she has also been a member of Orlando Ballet, Ontario Ballet Theatre, and Festival Ballet Providence. She is currently both a ballet teacher and freelance performer, dancing in film, T.V., and theatre. Järvi is thrilled to be a part of Xing Dance Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker Doll.’
Miruna Soiu grew up in Romania, where she played basketball from an early age throughout university. Shortly after that she moved to Toronto where she discovered dance after watching a friend dance in a contemporary piece. For the next 12 years she studied contemporary technique with various teachers, including Tom Brouillette, Johanna Bergfelt and Christine Wright.
In 2013 Miruna met Xing Bang Fu who shortly after became her main movement mentor. She’s been training with him in ballet and Asian movement ever since. In 2016 Miruna joined Xing Dance Theatre with the production of ‘The Gate’.
Alongside contemporary and ballet, Miruna studied cultural dances, such as belly dance (she studied with multidisciplinary artist Roula Said) , Turkish Rom, and various Balkan styles. Her love for movement also introduced her to Martial Arts (Chi Gong, Tai Chi and Baguazhang).
Born in Shanghai, China, Sandy began her dance training with Xing Bang Fu in 1991. In the intervening years, she has studied classical and contemporary ballet as well as Chinese classical and folk dance. Under Xing’s instruction and guidance, Sandy has learned to meld these disparate styles in the movements which characterize XDT works.
Sandy has participated in a number of Xing Dance Theatre productions, including appearing in a number of roles in various iterations of The Nutcracker. Other performances have included Butterfly Lovers, Rice, Farewell My Concubine, and Ink.
Ballet fascinated me at a very young age when I started reading series after series of mangas about ballerinas in training. I started dancing at 9 and had the privilege to train intensively with Xing with focus in ballet technique.
The exercise and demands of ballet are ever so challenging to the body physically and mentally. But in return, through dancing I find a sense of freedom being able to express from what I hear and feel authentically. It is the desire in becoming the best I can be in this sport and discovering ways to dance that draws me back into the studio day in and day out.
Born in ChangChun, China, Naishi has received his professional dance training from JiLin
College of Art and furthered his dance studies with the BeiJing Dance Academy.
In 2004, Wang moved to Canada to continue his dance journey at The School of Toronto Dance Theater and has become a member of TDT for nine years.
Mr, Wang also worked independently with Allison Cummings, Paul-André Fortier, D.A Hoskins, William Yong, Hanna Keil and Heidi Strauss for several collaborate projects and performance.
Wang is also a member with freelance dance choregrapher Christoph Winkler in Berlin, Germany.
Naishi has been nominated for the Dora Moore Awards in dance division in 2013 for the Outstanding Performance in “Different Animals” created by Hanna Keil. In 2013, Wang has worked for Ai Weiwei’s exhibition in Toronto showcase. In 2015, He was part of the Toronto PanAm game opening ceremony as a dancer.