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The Love of China School of Dance
, located in northwest Austin, gives young people the rare opportunity of learning traditional Chinese dances, with students of ages spanning from four to eighteen. 
Our studio is located at 8650 Spicewood Springs Road #116 (Spicewood Springs Road at 183--see map.) Click here for full mailing address.

The school is well known in the Austin area and has performed at countless cultural events as well as its own recitals, always in front of packed theaters. The Love of China was honored by the Austin Police Department for their numerous community service performances.__

Also, the group has done shows with Splendid China, a nationally-renowned dance troupe from China, and has sponsored performances by a dance group from Taiwan.

Our school commits itself to teaching Chinese folk dance. The two missions of our school are:

  1. To serve the Chinese American community as an organization of maintaining the cultural heritage. 
  2. To introduce Chinese culture to American society through dance performances. 

Through their education in Chinese folk dance, the young people grow in determination and confidence, and are given a chance to connect deeply with their heritage, be part of unforgettable experiences, and gain pride for their culture.

Emily Dedear: founder and teacher of The Love of China

Emily Dedear, DirectorEmily Dedear began teaching Chinese dance in Austin in 1992, and officially founded The Love of China School of Chinese Dance in August of 1999. She grew up in Taiwan, where she trained in numerous different forms of dance, including traditional Chinese. She is a graduate of Chinese Culture University in Taiwan as a dance major. She specializes in Chinese folk dance, Kung Fu for Chinese Opera, ballet and so on; she is also an expert at both stage performance and dance pedagogy.

In 2008 she received the Flying Phoenix award from the National Dance Association of R.O.C. at a presentation in Taipei. 


2008 Flying Phoenix Award




Some of our projects are supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
NEWS (most recent at top)  

TLOC Performance Coming to State Capitol Rotunda on May 20
Posted 5/3/2017

Please join us on Summer Ballet Camp poster thumbnailMay 20 from noon to 1 PM when we will be performing in the State Capitol rotunda in honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May). Come enjoy our beautiful performance in this special setting! Admission is free.

 Please contact us for more information. Click on the poster to see it full size. 

Kids Dance Summer Camp coming in June
Posted 3/31/2017, updated 5/24/2017

Summer Ballet Camp poster thumbnailWe will have our Kids Dance Summer Camp at the TLOC studio June 26-30 for girls and boys ages 5-11. The program includes ballet, jazz, hip hop, and Chinese dance, all taught by professional teachers (bios here, here, and here). In additional to dance instruction and rehearsal, we will have crafts and games.

Two options are available:  9 AM to 5 PM and 8 AM to 6 PM.

 Please contact us for more information, including how to register. Click on the poster to see it full size. 

Summer Ballet Camp coming in July
Posted 3/29/2017

Summer Ballet Camp poster thumbnailWe will have our Summer Ballet camp at the TLOC studio July 17-21. Our teacher Sara Paul will be teaching a ballet technique class followed by a modified version of the Esmeralda variation from the ballet La Esmeralda. Click on the poster to see it full size.

 Please contact us for more information, including how to register. 

Austin Spurs pre-game performance video
Posted 1/29/2017

View of scoreboard with TLOC dancersWe performed today before the Austin Spurs game at H-E-B Cedar Park Center! You can see the video on our video page.

Spring semester in session
Posted 1/4/2017

Our Spring semester started Jan 4. Please contact us for information on class space available.

New class at our studio: Hip Hop!
Posted 9/16/2016, updated 10/27/2016

Fun, fun fun! Please join us for this new class at our studio! Our teacher is Gracelynn Ladd. You may find her photo and bio here.

  • Ages 10+

  • Tuesdays 7pm-8pm.

Please contact us for more information.

More videos on our video page
Posted 4/29/2016

Please visit our video page to see some new videos.

TLOC in the media: Chinese New Year
Posted 4/25/2016

Here is a photo that appeared on the Austin American-Statesman's website featuring The Love oF China at the Chinatown Chinese New Year celebration in 2016.



In case you didn't see it, here is a news video by the Austin American-Statesman, featuring The Love oF China at the Chinatown Chinese New Year celebration in 2015.


2016 recital poster thumbnail2016 Recital
Posted 11/11/2015, updated 4/14/2016

Thank you for all your support at our 2016 recital at the Brentwood Christian School's Performing Arts Center. Both performances went very well and we hope you enjoyed them.



Studio Space Available for Rent
Posted 11/11/2015

When not oterwise in use, our studio space is available for rent. Please contact us for more information.

Our raised dance floor is designed with the proper degree of absorption and resilience. Specifically designed for dance, it is comprised primarily of foam, wood and air.

The floor surfacing is a calendared vinyl consisting of a complex ‘sandwich' providing a slip resistant surface. This covering is used on the finest dance floors world wide.

10th Anniversary!
Posted 11/11/2015

We just passed our 10th anniversary in our studio on Spicewood Springs Road!

A Capitol Idea!
Posted 6/3/2015

Dancers in Capitol rotunda

We wrapped up our Spring semester with an hour-long noontime performance in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Austin on May 30, celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we also particpated in Austin Asian Occasion in the evening.

The Love of China Day
Posted  5/6/2011, updated 5/11/2011
The Mayor of Austin, Lee Leffingwell, proclaimed May 29, 2011, as The Love of China Day. Click on a picture below to see larger.

South Asian New Year Festival photos now online
Posted 4/10/2011
You can see photos from our performance at the festival here.

Rehearsal Video From Spring Fantasia 
Posted 8/17/2010
The video that was shown during the Spring Fantasia performance is here on our website.




Emily Dedear Receives NAAO Community Leadership Award
Posted 8/9/2010
The Love of China's director, Emily Dedear, received one of three 2010 Community Leadership Awards presented by the Network of Asian American Organizations at its 2010 Induction Ceremony held on July 28th. Speakers at the event included Austin's Mayor, the Honorable Lee Leffingwell (who also received a 2010 Public Service Leadership Award at the event) and Former US Ambassador to the UN Sichan Siv.

Spring FantAsia a great success!
Posted 3/29/2010
The audience filled the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center and enjoyed well over two hours of color, music, and motion: twenty-eight dances and two Chinese yo-yo performances. Thanks to everyone who came to see, the special groups who performed with us, and all the volunteers who made it happen!

Vivian Shaw featured on KXAN TV
Posted 2/13/2010
Vivian Shaw, one of our students, was featured on KXAN TV for her Girl Scout project to make a difference after the earthquake in China's Sichuan Province in May of 2008. You can read the article and watch the video here.

Did you catch us on TV?
Posted 1/2/2010
In case you didn't see the promo segments we did live on KEYE TV, you can watch here.



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