Eliana Abikhaled (Elly) started dancing at The
Love of China at age five. She teaches the class of Joy along
with Michelle Li, and enjoys every minute of it. Elly was born
in 2003 in China and was adopted at age one. She then moved to
Austin, Texas where she attends St. Stephens Episcopal School
and will graduate with the class of 2021. Elly hopes to instill
the same love for dance in children that her jiejies
did for her.
Brock began dancing at The Love of China School of Dance when
she was only 4 years old. She fell in love with Chinese dance
(and with “Ms. Emily!”) and has been dancing ever since!
Nora was born in China and grew up in Austin, TX. In addition to
Chinese dance, she has enjoyed Christian liturgical dance, jazz
dance, and she currently dances with her school’s dance guard.
Nora is in the 10th grade and is a TA in the Thursday,
Fei Fei Cao has had a deep love for dance ever
since she was a little child, and practiced in her school team from elementary to high school.
She regretted not having the opportunity to pursue such an activity because academics took priority.
However, several years ago, she met Ms. Emily and the Love of China School of Dance,
who helped her reconnect with this passion of hers. She has been learning and working with
Ms. Emily ever since, and has helped choreograph multiple dances
and has taken part in many performances. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, reading, and playing tennis.
Allison Lee was a student at the Love of China
School of Dance, and is a teaching assistant for the Class of
Peace. She began dancing with Ms. Emily at age 4, and has
participated in many other forms of dance since then.
currently a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin
studying Business. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to
music, watching k-dramas, spending time with friends, and
Leyendecker is the TA for the class of Truth. She was born in
the city of Quzhou in Zhejiang Province, China and was adopted
at the age of one. She moved to Texas shortly after and has
danced with The Love of China since age 4.
Chinese dances at her pre-school and elementary school, and now
attends McNeil High School where she is a sophomore and a member
of the Sapphires Dance Team.
Michelle Li has been dancing at Love of China since the age of
6. She enjoys learning all different kinds of dance, including
Chinese dance, ballet, and hip hop.
She is the teacher’s
assistant for the Class of Joy,and she enjoys teaching them new
things every week and watching them grow in their ability,
flexibility, and understanding.
Hannah Lu has been a dancer at the Love of
China since she was three, and she is currently
a student in the Class of Perfection. She loves learning
different aspects of the Chinese culture by integrating it
Hannah is the teaching assistant for the
Class of Mercy. She adores working with the girls and seeing
them improve each week. Chinese dance has helped her connect
with her roots and she loves sharing this passion with others.
is a 12th grade student at Westwood High School who has been
studying dance at the Love of China for ten years. She is a
member of the Class of Perfection and first began as a teacher's
assistant for the Class of Hope in 2016.
In her role
assisting at the Love of China, Amy hopes to both help others
and broaden her experience with dance.
Alena Zhang started dancing at The Love of
China when she was 4 years old. She has been a member of the
Class of Hope for over 10 years. Through learning traditional
Chinese dance, she hopes to gain a better understanding of her
cultural heritage and establish a sense of connection with
Alena is the teaching assistant of the
Class of Love. She enjoys getting to know each and every student
in the class and watching them grow through each lesson.