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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

You can meet our Teaching Assistants here!



Some of our projects are supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
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The Love of China 20th Anniversary Recital on March 31st
Posted 2/16/2019

Dancers with trophyCome celebrate 20 years of The Love of China School of Dance in Austin!

Experience the different flavors of the many regions of China, through the dress, colors, music, and movements. Over 120 performers of ages 3 through adult are learning and rehearsing to bring you this fantastically delightful evening. Don't miss it!

We will perform on Sunday night, March 31st at 6:30 PM in the 1086-seat Westlake Community Performing Arts Center in west Austin. See the ticket information at the bottom of the poster. Note that tickets are not sold on this website.

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The Love of China wins competition prize, performs at San Antonio Spurs game
Posted 2/3/2019

Dancers with trophyThe Love of China School of Dance competed in the Spurs Sports Academy Annual Dance, Drill & Pep Competition on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Of 23 competing teams, The Love of China placed fourth, earning the right to perform at the opening of the San Antonio Spurs game that evening. Congratulations, Ribbon Dance girls!

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Ribbon Dance


Upcoming performances
Posted 9/12/2018

We have several performances coming up soon. For details, see our Performances page. Please contact us for more information.

City Hall Performance
Posted 8/21/2016

TLOC students performed at City Hall in Austin for the Asian-American Quality of Life Celebration & Volunteer Recognition event. Here is our photo with Austin's Mayor Steve Adler.
Photo with Austin's Mayor Steve Adler

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.

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 Dayy. Click on a picture below to see larger.. Click on a picture below to see larger.

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.



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