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BOARD MEMBERS (2012) | BIOGRAPHY

President | Nguyen Nguyen was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at the age of 7. He was a Regents Scholar at UCLA and graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. He received his teaching certification as a District Intern and taught biological and chemical science for Los Angeles Unified School District. Nguyen has worked with various artists in Los Angeles and is currently a member of Maria Gillespieʼs Oni Dance and Holly Johnstonʼs ledges and bones dance project. His own works have been presented at Highways Performance Space, Anatomy Riot, Diavolo Space, Citrus College Dance Festival, “Dancers For Life” at Landis Performing Arts Center, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, and the American College Dance Festival. Nguyen was on the dance faculty at SMC and CSULA where he taught contemporary movement. He is currently pursuing an MFA degree in Dance and Choreography at UCLA.

 

 

Ashley Dragon Vice-President | Ashley Dragon is currently finishing her BFA in Dance at California State University Long Beach. She grew up in a household of artists and began training in several movement practices at a young age. She has appeared in both concert and commercial work at locations such as The Crystal Cathedral, Disneyland, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Having danced with choreographers such as Keith Johnson, Jim Tsou, Andy Vaca, Mike Esperanza, and Shana Menaker, she has been inspired to create her own artistic voice as a choreographer. Her work has been presented at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Martha B. Knoebel, and American College Dance Festival. Most Recently she has been inspired by the movement form of GYROTONIC(r) and has become a Certified GYROTONIC(r) Apprentice.
Da Xu Secretary | Da Xu is the founder of We Are So Happy Records and a member of the band Super Dumpling. He got a late start into the world of music, but better late than never. Da has been influenced by everybody from Dr. Dre to Steve Reich, from Hendrix to The Dillinger Escape Plan, and many more. Da graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with a major in Cognitive Science and minors in Computer Science and Music Technology. He worked closely with Ricardo Schulz, the head recording engineer and teacher for the CMU music department. Da is currently the resident technical and music director of LAMA. He has composed music for and performed in Mandarin Wuʼs “Within X Minutes,” which debuted in the summer of 2008 at LAMAʼs Momentum show. Da has also worked with Maria Gillespieʼs Oni Dance and with Nguyen Nguyen as music editor and remixer. Be on the look out for new collaborations coming this summer.
Jim Tsou is originally from Taiwan. He toured internationally with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan as a principal dancer for eight years. Since coming to the U.S. in 1990, Mr. Tsou has been working as a fashion designer. He received the Best Design Critic Award from Bisou-Bisou and La Blanca for Best Swimwear Design in 1993. He has worked with movie costume designer Joseph Porro and has designed costumes for numerous motion pictures such as “Shanghai Noon,” “Stuart Little,” “13th Floor,” “Martian Law” as well as the Lewitsky Dance Theatre. He is currently the head designer for Seven7 Jeans Company. His choreographic work has been presented at the Japan American Theatre and the Irvine Barclay Theatre. He was the artistic director and choreographer for the American Chinese Dance Association in 2005. He now directs his own dance company, T.S.O.U. Dance Art.
Mandarin Wu is the artistic director of Mandarin Orange Performing Arts (MOPA). She holds a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Digital Arts from University of California, Irvine, and is also a dance graduate from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Her works have been performed at the Kodak Theatre, L.A. Music Center—Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Aratani/Japan America Theatre, Ford Amphitheatre, and the Irvine Barclay Theatre, as well as being broadcast on Chinaʼs Jiangsu TV and KCET. She is a freelance artist engaging in digital design, costume design, singing, and artistic coordination for shows. She has been awarded a scholarship and is now attending New York University—Tisch School of the Arts for an MFA degree.