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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 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




NEWS (most recent at top)

2015 recital poster thumbnail2015 Recital Coming April 18th!
Posted 3/20/2015

Our 2015 Recital will be at 6:30 PM April 18th at the Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center in North Austin. Please join us for two hours of grace and beauty, strength and energy from the many cultures of China!

Click on the poster at right for more information.

2015 Spring Semester Began January 5th
Posted 12/30/2014, updated 1/27/2015

Our Spring semester began January 5th. See our "Classes" page for an updated schedule. Contact us for information.


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 Day. Click on a picture below to see larger.

South Asian New Year Festival photos now online
Posted 4/10/2011
You can see photos from our performance at the festival here.

Rehearsal Video From Spring Fantasia 
Posted 8/17/2010
The video that was shown during the Spring Fantasia performance is here on our website.




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.

Spring FantAsia a great success!
Posted 3/29/2010
The audience filled the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center and enjoyed well over two hours of color, music, and motion: twenty-eight dances and two Chinese yo-yo performances. Thanks to everyone who came to see, the special groups who performed with us, and all the volunteers who made it happen!

Vivian Shaw featured on KXAN TV
Posted 2/13/2010
Vivian Shaw, one of our students, was featured on KXAN TV for her Girl Scout project to make a difference after the earthquake in China's Sichuan Province in May of 2008. You can read the article and watch the video here.

Did you catch us on TV?
Posted 1/2/2010
In case you didn't see the promo segments we did live on KEYE TV, you can watch here.


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