Director and Co-Founder of Dance of Asian America
Since 2001, Janie has directed and produced over fifty full scale concerts at the Wortham Center, Hobby Center, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Jones Hall, Stafford Centre as well as on tour. She trained with Houston Ballet and her mother Mitsi Shen. She graduated on full scholarship from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Choreography. Janie Yao led 20 dancers to the Quarter Finals of Season 8 of America’s Got Talent’s LIVE performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2013. Under the direction of Janie Yao, DAA reaches over 50,000 people annually through over 50 free public performances and educational program. DAA also provides advanced training for local dancers in all forms of dance and opportunities to perform live in professional settings. DAA values dance as a tool for educating multi-generational audiences about Chinese history and culture and engage in international exchange to effectively bridge the gap between the east and the west. Visit our website today to find out about our amazing free performances and educational programs or book us for an event. In 2009, DAA was select as one of the 11 best dance companies in Houston to present the Dance USA’s Showcase – “The Power of Movement” – at The Wortham Center.