Meet the Faculty and Staff: The CMDAP faculty members are degreed in their particular craft or have pursued specialized study in related areas. In addition to unquestionable educational background, all instructors have been teaching more than a decade on their special craft, and continue to perform or compete in their arts forms. Together, CMDAP brings a new dimension of vitality and professionalism to the classrooms.
Hong Shao, Director and Instructor
Specialty: Pipa music instrument, Early child education of music and dance, Tai Ji fan and sword dances, and event producer. Hong holds a BA degree in musical education and is a Kentucky Arts Council (KAC) teaching artist and performing artist, and a Kentucky Educational Professional Standard Board certified K-12 music teacher. She taught Asian Music classes at the University of Kentucky (UK) as a part-time instructor. Since 1993, Hong has been actively engaged in music/culture activities by giving workshops and seminars to students, teachers and the general public. She offers Pipa concerts and Tai Ji fan and sword dances as well as organizing music and culture events across Kentucky and several neighboring states. She continues her music development with Chinese master musicians and explores world music with UK Music School. Hong has frequently appeared on local news broadcast and featured in local newspapers. She is the founder and artistic director of CMDAP. Hong has successfully directed annual Chinese New Year Celebration in communities since 2004 and CMDAP annual concert "Beauty of Jasmine" in the past years. Hong is currently employed with the UK Singletary Center for the Arts.
Kathy Werking, Instructor
Specialty: Drawing, Painting, Craft, Child Creativity Art Education. Dr. Werking is a juried member of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, Kentucky Proud, and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. She owns a art studio and teaches art classes to children and adults. Dr. Werking also specialize in the creation of natural body care products, soy wax candles, and painted floor cloths and furniture. In addition, Kathy makes jewelry from recycled gift cards and vintage buttons. The labels on her products are reproductions of Kathy’s original paintings. Her class inspires students’ creativity in a nurturing and fun environment.
Dongfeng Li, Instructor
Specialty: Chinese brush painting, Watercolor, and Drawing. Li is an associate professor of art, teaching painting, drawing and design at Morehead State University, Kentucky. He holds the Master of Art Education in 1994 and MFA in painting & drawing in 2005. He has been teaching Chinese brush painting, drawing, painting, and watercolor in universities, community colleges, museums for more than 10 years in U.S.. He has been conducting many painting workshops nationally since 1996. Li is the national award-winning painter and a signature member of American Watercolor Society and its annual exhibition award winner. He is also featured in Watercolor Artist Journal in 2012. Professor Li is a professional and experienced educator who has also taught school children for decades.
Ying Liu, Instructor
Specialty: Chinese tradition and Minority dance. Ying Liu was admitted to the musical major of Art College of Inner Mongolia University with excellent score in 2013. In August 2016, she went to University of Kentucky for further study where she is currently a junior majoring in theatre. She loved dancing and studied all kinds of dance when she was a little girl. In college, she received professional dance training, specializing in folk dance, modern dance, jazziness, basic ballet teaching and children dance skills training. She experienced choreography and has abundant experience in acting. She was in the final performance of musical drama " A Chorus Line", as " Connie", with extensive dance performances and received praises. In teaching performance of China's original musical "Steel Piano", she played the role of " Shu Xian", performing a lot of dances. She also performed jazziness in the musical "Chicago" and modern dance of "Mamma Mia" as semester end performance. She rehearsed Mongolia dance "Ulan Bator Night" and "Horizon" and choreographed the modern dance of "Alocasia Love", and so on.
Boyu Zhang, Instructor
Specialty: Chinese tradition and Minority dance. Boyu Zhang is currently studying Arts Administration with emphasis in Theatre at the University of Kentucky. She started her continuous dance training at the age of 8 and later completed her professional dance training at the University of Inner Mongolia with a BA in performing arts before joining the University of Kentucky. Her continuous training since childhood and professional studies at the University of Inner Mongolia and the University of Kentucky have prepared her solid trainings and skills in both Chinese tradition dance and modern contemporary dance. Boyu received a number of awards in dance including (1) “San Du Art Competition“ Dancing team First Prize at age 10; (2) “Manzhoulishi Dancing Competition” primary school First Prize at age 11; (3) “Manzhoulishi Dancing Competition” Junior High School First Prize at age 12; (4) “Hei Long Jiang Sheng International Dance Competition” personal First Prize and Duet Dance Third Prize at age 13; and (5) “High School Dance Competition” First Prize at age 15.
Pipa II: 12:30 - 1:30pm
Pipa I: 1:30 - 2:30pm
Dance I: 12:30 - 1:30pm
Dance II: 1:30 - 2:30pm
Tai Ji Fan/Sword Dance: 2:30 - 3:30pm
Dance III: 2:30 - 3:30pm