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June 2015 - When Two Art Forms Meet: Cultivating Qi Through Dance

June 2015 | Program Host: Vicki Dello Joio

How do these two art forms, Qi and Dance, intertwine and influence one another? How are people able to benefit from both dance and Qigong learning? Through this Qi Talk, Lorelei will share the story of how her dance career has benefited from Qigong cultivation as well as discuss how Qigong affects the dancer’s mental state during their performance on stage. Lorelei is thrilled to share her personal journey of dance training and Qigong learning in China. She will also briefly discuss the workshop, “Cultivating Qi Through Dance” that she will be teaching at the 20th NQA conference.

Lorelei Chang was Born in Beijing, China. She was trained as a professional dancer under full scholarship. Besides her dance training, she also learned Chinese Calligraphy at age 4. Her first Ballet teacher introduced her Taiji Quan and Qigong when she was 11 years old. She has been practicing them leisurely for over 30 years, and had incorporated Taiji, Qigong and Calligraphy in her dance teaching and Choreography. Chang is the founder and artistic director of dancEnlight, a modern dance company based in Manchester, CT. Besides all her dance classes, she also teaches modern dance program at the Connecticut Concert Ballet; Qigong, Yoga and Pilates at the South Windsor Senior Center, as well as Qigong and Chinese calligraphy at her home. Chang won a Gold Medal for 24 form Taiji Quan, and Silver Medal for 42 form Taiji Quan during the International Wushu Competition in 2012. Her passion in all Chinese art forms continues to inspire her students and audiences.