our instructors

class schedules

Debbie Wu (Artistic Director)

started her professional dance career at the age of 18 when she won a scholarship to train with the Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan ????, an internationally known and prestigious dance company. She then joined the Cloud Gate Dance Theater and other famous dance companies in Taiwan including Henry Yu & Dancers, Taipei Dance Circle and Legend Lin Dance Theater. She also was a member of the Chinese Youth Goodwill Mission in 1990, visited and performed in U.S., Canada and Europe.

With an extensive technical background and a BA in Dance from the National Taiwan University of Arts. She first established her dance studio with five professional instructors named Huang Jia Dance Studio in Taipei at age 25. During that time, Debbie is also a volunteer dance therapy instructor for special need children at different elementary schools.

Debbie came to the US in 1996 and studied dance at Washington State University and Hunter College the City University of New York. She was invited by France's Culture Department to perform at France's Avignon International Dance Festival in 1998.

With more than 20 years of experience teaching dance, including owning/directing her own studio. Debbie has taught all ages and levels in Ballet, Modern and Chinese Dance. Her patience, positivity and high expectations has helped her students achieve self confidence and affirmation. For decades, students have credited Debbie with providing them with
a strong technical foundation, a love of classical Ballet and the discipline necessary to succeed in dance.

Debbie is now the director of The Dance Studio in Cupertino. She is also the dance instructor of Meyerholz School in Cupertino school district, where she has choreographed numerous dance showcases in past seven years. As Debbie establshed The Dance Studio in 2010, her ideal is to help her student to have a positive attitude in finding self confience and appreciate different culture and enjoy her creative, joyful and contemporary choreography through the dance art.

Aichin Lo

is a teacher who brings extraordinary creativity and knowledge to her classes. Students always respond to her enthusiasm andpassion for dance. She taught creative dance for children in severalprivate dance studios and preschools during 2000 to 2007, and taught
hip-pop to young kids at dance clubs in Taiwanese junior high schools (2005-2007). She was a member and dance instructor in the Yi Yuan Children Theater (2000-2003).Chin completed her training at Experimental Dance Class of Taoyuan High School and the Department of Dance, Tainan Woman's University (1998-2000). Her major is Modern
Dance, and minors in teaching creative dance to children and Dance and Music.

Chin is a certified special education teacher and experienced in teaching music and movement to children with special needs in the Association for the Hearing Impairment, including mental retarded, emotional disturbance, and blind people in various non-profit organizations in Taiwan (2002-2008). Chin's performance experience mainly includes Taoyuan Modern Dance Theater and Yi Yuan Children Theater. She joined several tours around Taiwan for over a hundred on-stage performances during 1999 to 2003. The best thing about teaching dance for Chin is to see kids grow and enjoy learning.

Seung-Yean (Suzy) Lee

has been studying, performing and teaching ballet for over 20 years. She began her ballet training at the esteemed Sun Hwa Arts School in Seoul, Korea and trained internationally to attain depths in her dance experiences.

At the age of sixteen, she was chosen by Korean Cultural Foundation to broaden her studies at the Royal Ballet School as a full scholarship student. After 2 years of rigorous training in London, she was honored again with another full scholarship at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C.. In 1993, she returned to Seoul to join the Universal Ballet Company. Her performances in many of the classic repertory include Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Shim Chung.

Seung Yean earned her Bachelors degree in Dance from the prestigious Ehwa Women's University. For the next 2 years, she joined Ballet Blanc Company and performed in many classic and modern dance works. Seung Yean's commitment to further depth in her artistic performances led her to State University of New York where she graduated with Masters degree in Dance.

She continued her dancing and teaching at the Bay area after she moved to California. With mastery of world class techniques, years of performance and pedagogic experiences, she is now dedicating herself to the rewarding vocation of raising the next generation of superb dancers in dance academy.

Nicole Larson

Nicole Larson joined Silicon Valley Ballet (then known as Ballet San Jose) in 2012. Since then she has performed in many productions with the company such as Spring Fairy in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Serenade, Merce Cunningham’s Duets, Igal Perry’s Infinity and Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, and various rolls in Wes Chapman’s Don Quixote and Karen Gabay’s The Nutcracker. A Native of Naples, Florida, Ms. Larson received her training at Naples Dance Conservatory under the direction on Abdelazis Roque. In 2011 she joined Milwaukee Ballet II where she performed with Milwaukee Ballet in Michael Pinks productions of Dracula, Peter Pan and The Nutcracker as well as Lila York’s Celts.

Grace Lu

started Chinese classical dance training at age of five, eventually received training from Beijing Dance Academy. As a professional dancer, Lu has participated over hundreds of performances in various world class theaters around the world as the principal dancer of the show. Lu has been teaching Chinese classical dance, tumbling and technique in San Francisco bay area. Many students she taught have won first and second awards in various competitions from Lu's unique teaching methods and rich experiences.

Naomi Maeda

began her dance training at the age of nine in Tokyo, Japan. Ms Maeda danced for two companies in Tokyo, Japan :Sako Ballet and Wakayama Ballet, as a soloist and a principal dancer in respective companies before she left Japan in 2007. She performed various major roles including the title role in Cinderella at the West Tokyo Ballet Festival.While performing on stage, she also experienced teaching ballet for the company schools and community members from three-year-old children to adult dancers. Ms Maeda also obtained certification of California massage therapist and medical Qigong practitioner. As a professional health care provider, she approaches ballet not only from the aspect of performing arts but also from the one of kinesiology and human anatomy.