Rong Tao Residency 2015


We are delighted to welcome internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and dance teacher Rong Tao to the East Midlands in a new residency with Charnwood Arts.

Rong Tao was a principle dancer with the Beijing Dance Company and the Guangdong Dance Company. He toured internationally before moving to Chongqing where he became a professor of modern dance and currently teaches at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He is also the founder of the Yu Dance Company in Chongqing, South West China. His work with young people is highly creative and he brings out skills, ideas and performance ability from groups and individuals in a remarkably short time.

This residency is his fifth in the UK and his third with Charnwood Arts.

From previous work with Charnwood Arts and Lakeside Arts in Nottingham, he has developed exciting new work and spaces for dance with young people with learning disabilities in China. In 2013 the staff of Charnwood Arts worked with him on a month-long residency in Chongqing to develop and deliver a multi-art form programme of dance, visual arts, photography and film talks, workshops, exhibitions and performances.

Rong Tao likes to work with dancers of all levels of experience and skill and is himself skilled at bringing out creativity and ability that people might not have realised for themselves.

During this residency, he will be working with Loughborough College as part of the Charnwood Arts International and Cross Cultural Programme. Through this, he will be working with other primary and secondary schools in Charnwood and Leicestershire, local dancers and dance groups in Loughborough and Leicester, and also with Embrace Arts and Leicester University.

He will also be working in Nottingham with a special school and more experienced dancers to choreograph new work for the annual Chinese New Year Celebrations at Lakeside Arts on the Nottingham University campus. This will take place on Sunday 22nd February from 4.30pm to 6.15pm. For more details, go to


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