SABRINA CHOU, Director, Choreographer, Performer, Singer and Cultural Educator, expert for Chinese traditional dance
Sabrina Chou was born in 1968 in Taiwan and graduated with a Bachelor degree of Dance (Honors) from Chinese Cultural University, Taipei, Taiwan. She is an outstanding dancer and also an excellent choreographer, performer, singer and cultural educator. She has extensive performing experience including a residency as principal contemporary dancer with the Taipei National Theatre, touring in Japan, Canada and in the USA at venues in New York, Washington D.C., Hawaii, and Chicago.
In 1998, she migrated to Melbourne, Australia on a Distinguished Talent Visa. She got the Diploma of Dance Teaching & Management at the Box Hill Institute of TAFE (2001), then a Graduate Diploma of Choreography at the Victorian College of the Arts (2002). She has received awards such as the Overseas Outstanding Youth Award by the Federation of Overseas Chinese Associations in Taiwan (2009), first prize in the Chinese Ex-Patriot Writer’s Competition Melbourne, 2003, and Best Artist in the Song Writing and Singing Competition, Yi Juan Youth Association, Taipei 1998.
Sabrina Chou is the co-founding member of KITA Performing Arts Company. Since 2001, she has choreographed, performed, and ran workshops at schools, community events, festivals, and has toured Victorian schools with the Regional Arts Victoria Arts2Go program. She completed two Artists in Schools projects funded by Arts Victoria in 2007 Coconut, Rice and Bamboo and 2008 The Golden Mountain, NSW with Cultural Infusion and Pan Event Entertainment, 2009.
Apart from this, she is also the co-founder of the Bendigo Harvest Moon Festival, in partnership with The Golden Dragon Museum, producing Tales of the Moon 2007, a community arts development project. Sabrina has collaborated with various local community groups and schools to choreograph various traditional dance works including Stories of the Autumn Harvest Moon (2007) with Vietnamese and Chinese elders and Trinity Primary school, Richmond in partnership with Art Play 2007.
Moreover, Sabrina is the Artistic Director of the Sabrina Dance Troupe based in Melbourne which presents Chinese traditional dance at schools and at community events. The works are part of the Melbourne Chinese Community’s outreach program which aims to bring Chinese culture to Melbourne audiences. Events include the annual Lantern Moon & Dragon Boat Festival, the Buddha & Multicultural Festival, Federation Square, the New Year Festival, Crown, and the Tianjin Kite Festival as well as Moon Lantern Festival sponsored by the City of Boroondara.
Years back, Sabrina has worked with contemporary dance choreographer Alistair MacIndoe from Chunky Move performing at the Meat Market and she performed in 180 Seconds in (Disco) Heaven or Hell, part of the Dance Massive program presented by Arts House, and she was an ensemble singer and dancer in Miss Saigon with CLOC Musical Theatre.
Between 2007 and 2013, Sabrina has been involved various projects, including created Dragon Boat Festival School Program for The Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., designed Children’s Program for Immigration Museum and been the only Chinese Performing Arts Group performed at the Federation Square on Australian Day in 2009. Her dance troupe also participated at Brimbank Festival, Viva Victoria Festival, Castlemain Festival and Bendigo’s Golden Dragon Museum Easter Spring Festival in 2011 then performed at Malaysian Culture Festival in 2013.
From 2014 on, Sabrina has been tirelessly promoting Chinese Culture and Asian Cultures through school incursions and general public performances. She was the Program Director of Melbourne Dai Loong Association’s Chinatown Chinese New Year program (sponsored by City of Melbourne) since 2015 and has been arranging top overseas artists to perform with local performing groups. She also heavily involved the CNY celebration program in Crown Riverside, Federation Square and Victoria Market for many years. Currently she is studying Master Program of PERFORMING and CREATIVE ARTS (MPCA) in Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan and remotely managing her Dance Troupe and Performing Arts Company in Melbourne.