MS IVY CHUNG
President & Artistic Director
Ivy started her professional ballet training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 1989. In 1993, Ivy graduated as an honorary student with Highest Distinction in her class, and she was awarded the Overseas Scholarship by Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund. She has earned a Master's degree of Business Administration and she was appointed as Associate Executive Director of the Kirov Academy of Ballet Washington DC.
She began her career as a professional dancer in the Universal Ballet Company of Korea, Ontario Ballet Theater and the Hong Kong Ballet. She worked with various famous ballet artists: Galina Kekisheva, Roy Tobias, Stephen Jefferies, Wayne Eagling, Galina Ulanova etc. She was also awarded the Favorite Dancer Award thrice by the Friends of Hong Kong Ballet. She has been invited as a ballet teacher and choreographer internationally.
In 2002, she founded her own school, Ivy Chung School of Ballet and Ivy’s Ballet Company in Hong Kong. Her productions were invited to perform at the "Hong Kong Original Dance Works Spectacle" of 2010 Hong Kong Dance Festival, the Hong Kong Ballet Group's "Young Ballet Stars Gala Performance", and the Hong Kong Dance Expo 2011. She also obtained the Registered Teacher Status of the Royal Academy of Dance and The Commonwealth Society Teachers of Dancing .She also a mentor of the Certificate of Classical Ballet Teaching Studies. She has served on the jury for many ballet competitions, National Ballet Competition of Taiwan and Malaysia Grand Prix etc.
With Ivy's dedication to her students, different recognitions were awarded to her, including: 'Gold Award' in "2009 National Outstanding Arts Teacher Award", 'Elite Society Award' and 'Silver Award' in "The Second Youth Arts Festival - Arts Education", 'Silver Award' in "The Second Toddler Arts Festival - Arts Education", 'Gold Award' in Arts Education and 'Excellent Instructor Award' in the "6th Dé‧Yì‧Shuāng‧Xīn Hong Kong Selection", 'Outstanding Instructor Award' in the "4th China Youth Arts Festival – Hong Kong Selection" awarded by the China Artist Association. Ivy was presented with the Best Choreography Award for Modern Dance Section in the 39th and 40th Hong Kong School Dance Festival. In 2013, Ivy appointed Honorary President of Hong Kong Youth Art Appreciation Association and Adjudicator of Hong Kong Dance Federation.
Ivy founded Canaan Dance in 2014, which is an international dance education organization. Under the direction of Ivy, Canaan Dance organizes workshops, auditions and international ballet competition to nurture young dancers in Asia, and provide them with scholarships and opportunities to study professionally abroad. She founded the Star of Canaan Dance International Ballet Competition, which is supported by the American Ballet Theater , Arts Ballet Theater of Florida , Royal Ballet School, the English National Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School, Kirov Academy of Ballet Washington DC, the Universal Ballet Company of Korea, the Shanghai Dance School , the Vassiliev Academy of Classical Ballet , the Ballet Centre of Fort Worth , the School of Cadence Ballet in Canada , Cheng Ballet in Singapore and Soki Ballet School in Japan.
On behalf of Canaan Dance, Ivy is the Audition Director (Asia) of the School of Cadence Ballet, the Vassiliev Academy of Classical Ballet , Ballet Centre of Fort Worth and The Kirov Academy of Ballet (2014 -2017).
Ivy’s participate in charity functions．Her students has taken part in performances for charity shows such as "Dancing from our Hearts" and "Si Chuan Earthquake Donation" supported by "the World's Vision", "Dance for Light" organized by "Lifeline Express", "Ginger Bread Dance" organized by "Children's Heart Foundation", "Joyful (Mental Health) Foundation", ballet performance organized by "Against Child Abuse Ltd", and many more.