COMING SOON: 2015 Gala Show: “Mulan”

Join us to celebrate the Lunar New Year at our 2015 Gala Show!  Mulan poster

Two performances:

  • January 31st (1-3pm)
  • February 1st (12-2pm)

El Cerrito High School Theater, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito 94530

Ah-Lan Dance will present an exciting dance and arts performance, including…

  • Chinese traditional dances
  • Ballet and modern dance, presented by Ah-Lan Dance’s students and teachers
  • A dance medley introducing the history of China’s uniquely beautiful ladies’ garment, the qipao, featuring members of The American-Chinese Cultural and Art Association performing with Ah-Lan Dance
  • Live vocal performances by two of China’s top ranked singers, onstage with dancers!

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This Gala show will conclude with a newly-designed rendition of the famous Chinese legend of Mulan, with original choreography by Ah-Lan.

Ah-Lan Dance will offer an exciting retelling of the ancient story of the devoted daughter Mulan, who dressed as a man and joined the army to help her aging father escape forced conscription in a time of national emergency.

The dance will evoke the remarkable story of Mulan’s victories on the battlefield, her triumphant return home and her touching devotion to her family in a colorful and enegetic spectacle that all ages can enjoy!


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Winter 2015 Registration is Open!!

Registration for Winter 2015 classes is open and can be found HERE

Drop-in Fitness, Ballroom Dance, Modern Dance and Ballet Classes are also available.  Read all about it HERE.
Come on in and dance with us this Winter!

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Announcement: November Holiday Schedule

Hallowe’en is over, November is here, and the holiday season has officially begun.

Ah-Lan Dance will have a reduced class schedule during the last two weeks of November.  Check out the  November Holiday Schedule right here.

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Congratulations to Two Ah-Lan Dance “Alumnae”

As many of you may know, Chaityn Issacson-Brewster and Alissa Elegant are two longtime Ah-Lan Dance community members, both as dancers and as teachers in our Studio.

Recently, Chaityn and Alissa took part in the International Chinese Dance Competition – Western US Regional Division Competition, and both came away with great distinction:

– Chaityn won overall Second Prize
– Alissa won a Special Award
Congratulations to both for their excellent performances!
Now both of them are heading off to a new chapter in their lives:  Chaityn is going to enter the Dance program at UC Irvine, on the nation’s best dance programs; and Alissa is going to China on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, with a special project to research and create a database of Chinese dance styles and techniques.
Wonderful news for both, and we wish them great success!

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Fall Registration is Open!!

Registration for Fall 2014 classes is open and can be found HERE.

Drop-in Fitness, Ballroom Dance, Modern Dance and Ballet Classes are also available.  Read all about it HERE.

Come on in and dance with us this Fall!


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Congratulations and Thanks – Another Great Show!

I love all our performances but yesterday’s was even more special for me. I’ve been with Ah-Lan Dance since 2008 and it’s been wonderful to see the performances and dancers grow. When I first joined Ah-Lan Dance there were a few dancers who were just at the beginning of their studies of Chinese dance. Performances were wonderful, but we were a small studio, so Ah-Lan would invite outside groups to share the stage with us.

It’s amazing what we’ve all achieved in a few short years. The performances are full of Ah-Lan Dance pieces and the dancers have truly grown into their own. The dancers now get to show off: shen yun (Chinese dance technique), wugong (Chinese acrobatics), ballet, modern dance, and zumba!

Dance performances are by nature ephemeral. Years of technique classes and months of rehearsal have their one moment on stage. But dance performances also spin magic that stays with us in the days and weeks after the show. Each and every one was wonderful today, reaching new heights. If you felt something special as a performer or as an audience member join me in sharing you favorite moment, dance, or feeling below (using the comments function).





My Favorite Moment Was…

Dear An-Lan,
Yesterday’s An-Lan Studio recital at Albany High was outstanding and amazing performance. All the dancers were performing with well-trained and professional level. Their costumes and outfits looked perfect in their dance roles. And the young singer (I can’t remember her name) sang Chinese songs so beautiful that I felt she must be Song Zuying(宋祖英)。All the performance: shenyun, wugong, zumba, adult dance and etc. were so impressive that I couldn’t wait to watch next performance called MuLan as Tom introduced on the stage yesterday.
An-Lan, you have done such a good job. Thank you for your hard work and lots of new and creative ideas in yesterday’s recital and the future performance. You’re not just an excellent teacher but also a great artist who has brought us such fantastic Chinese music, dance and culture through all the dancers performing different kinds of art work.
Thank you again – Hong

Yesterday when I saw Rebecca’s smiling face in Shenyun, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I want to say that you must have magic power. Thank you very much. I like the 小背篓 “Bamboo Baby Backpack” best, especially the singer, Jasmine Yang. I am curious if dancers understand what the song means.
One thing I like about Ah-Lan dance is that my kids learn Chinese culture there with fun. Even my 3 year old knows the melody of 茉莉花 (a famous Chinese song “Jasmine Flowers”)! I bet Rebecca will remember you when she is 40 years old.
Bin Zhang


看了这次演出,我的感想是你真了不起! 我从心底里敬佩你!

Ge Xia

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