Born and raised in Chicago, Hana grew up regularly taking dance lessons with Qiu Yue Jin. She later joined Yin He Dance Company as an apprentice dancer and was awarded the Ethnic & Folk Arts Master Apprentice Grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency for an apprenticeship under Angela Tam. During her time as an apprentice, she was introduced to ballet and contemporary dance in addition to further refining her Chinese dance skills and technique.
She participated in the 2018 Taoli Cup Midwest Regional competition with a solo piece, Ta Xue (踏雪) and placed into the platinum rank.
Chinese Dance, Ballet
Kristy Liu was born and raised in Chicago. She began dancing at the age of 6, and furthered her dance technique at Whitney M Young Magnet High School. She took daily dance classes focusing on ballet, modern, and jazz. She was also the lead choreographer for the Chinese Fan and Ribbon dance in WY’s Asian American Club. Entering college, Kristy will continue to improve her Chinese dance skills as a Yin He Dance Company apprentice dancer.
Originally from Texas, Lingyi Peng moved to Chicago six years ago to attend the University of Chicago. During college she joined a dance group and started practicing yoga on the side. After graduation she realized that she needed more movement beyond her sedentary desk job, so she decided to fulfill her dream of becoming a certified yoga teacher. She found that yoga gave her strength, flexibility, and a peace of mind to focus on the important aspects of life. Lingyi received her 200-hour RYT certification from CorePower Yoga in 2015.
When not practicing yoga, Lingyi works in management consulting.
Acrobatics, Ballet, Chinese Dance, Hip Hop
Angela Tam is the founding Artistic Director of Yin He Dance Company. She is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist.
A Chicago native, Angela began dancing as a child under Qiu Yue Jin, a renowned dancer and performer who was among the first generation of dancers trained during the revival of Chinese dance in 20th century China. Since then, Angela has studied Chinese dance under Yiliang Wang (Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble), Margaret Yuen (Red Silk Dancers), and Guixuan Zhuang (Dance China NY). She has also received instruction in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and classical Japanese dance.
She has performed as a featured soloist at Choose Chicago's citywide Chinese New Year Kick Off events at Chicago Cultural Center presented by Chinese Fine Arts Society. In 2016, she was awarded the Ethnic & Folk Arts Master Apprentice Grant from Illinois Arts Council. She received a Gold Award at the 2016 Overseas Taoli Cup Midwestern Regional Competition for her solo performance of "Yin Yang." She received her BA in East Asian Studies from New York University.
Since founding Yin He Dance Company, Angela has been devoted to sharing her love of Chinese dance as a performer and educator. She also choreographs folkloric and contemporary work.