Ming-Lung Yang

I appreciate that learning is a personal journey. We each have strengths and weaknesses, and no two people process information in the same way. When I see confusion on a student’s face, I recognize that it is my role as teacher to look for ways of making myself clear to that individual. At the same time, I believe that students must play an active role in their learning process. I urge them to raise questions and voice their opinions. I am interested in helping students to learn from the act of doing, not from observation alone.

I believe a good teacher is like a gardener - one who knows how to create a fertile environment, understands when and how to trim in order to stimulate growth, and leaves time and space for seeds to grow. Fruit and flower vary from plant to plant. We don’t require them all to be alike. I feel the same should be true of people. In all my classes, I work to recognize the individual needs of my students and give personalized guidance to help each one reach his or her full potential.

What makes a magnetic performer? I believe it comes from the full investment of one’s whole self, mind and body, into the expression of a choreographic vision. Strength, flexibility, alignment, and musicality make good technicians. However, it is the ability to breathe life into form that draws our eye to a dancer.

As a teacher of composition, I share my appetite for experimentation with my students. My goal is to create a nurturing environment where students feel safe to challenge themselves and take risks. I encourage them to push the boundaries of their imagination in search of their individual voices with an entrepreneurial mindset. I support their efforts, applaud their successes and help them see what can be learned from their mistakes. 


  • Contemporary Faculty, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC, 2013-present
  • Faculty Member, American Dance Festival, Durham, NC, 2000-2013
  • Assistant Professor, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, 2010-2012
  • Visiting Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2006-2010
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, 2008
  • Adjunct Faculty, Hollins University/ADF MFA Program, Roanoke, Va./ Durham, NC, 2006-2007
  • Visiting Professor, Korean National University of Arts, Seoul, Korea, 2005-2006
  • Assistant Professor, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, 1999-2004

Career Highlights

  • Collaboration with composer Tan Dun, winner of Grammy Award, Oscar Academy Awards, and Grawemeyer Award, 2015, National Theatre, Tapei, Taiwan
  • Aristic Director – Dance Forum Tapei, 2002-2005, Tapei, Taiwan
  • Assistant Aristic Director – Dance Forum Tapei, 2001-2002, Tapei, Taiwan
  • Resident Choreographer – Dance Forum Tapei, 1999-2001, Tapei, Taiwan
  • Member of Trisha Brown Dance Company, 1994-1999, New York

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Taishin Arts Award; Top Ten Performances of the Year; Feng Yun (2011) and Whitewater Sky (2005)
  • Taishin Arts Award; Top Nine Performances of the Year; Eastern Current and Spiderina (2003)     
  • Full Year Grant for Outstanding Artist Living Abroad (1994), Taiwan Council for Cultural Affairs
  • Full Merit Scholarship Bates Dance Festival (2003), American College Dance Festival Association
  • Full Tuition Scholarship (1990-1993), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


M.F.A. DanceUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A. DanceChinese Culture Universtiy, Taipei, Taiwan