Jadin Wong Fellowship
Shoey Sun was born in China and started piano lessons at the age of 4. She moved to Houston, TX when she was 8, where her parents encouraged her take dance lessons with renowned Chinese dancer/actress, Zhou Jie at J&L Dance School. Falling in love with dance, she continued her studies at Princeton Ballet School and Pennsylvania School of Performing Arts when her family moved to the East Coast.
Going against the grain, Shoey decided to pursue a major in Political Science with a minor in Chinese Language at New York University. During her time at NYU, she co-founded EPIC Motion Dance, an extracurricular hip hop dance team that has evolved to an artist-run entity now celebrating its 10th year, and has been a nurturing home to over 150 dancers. After graduation, Shoey pursued her dance/choreography career full-time. She is featured in shows for Icona Pop, Pharrell, McQ by Alexander McQueen, APAP Dance Festival, and has studied and worked with choreographers Rhapsody James, Fatima Robinson, Brice Mousset, Dana Foglia, Nadine Bommer, and others.
In 2015, she co-founded | vessels |–a project based movement-theatre company–with long-time collaborator Kris Seto. Their work has been featured in Mare Nostrum Element’s Emerging Choreographers Series, White Wave Dance Festival, Idaco NYC dance festival, New York Fashion Week, and INSITU Dance Festival. | vessels | is a recipient of the 2018 CUNY Dance Initiative grant. Shoey is a dance lecturer at LaGuardia Community College.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Takehiro “Take” Ueyama moved to the United States in 1991 to study dance at the Juilliard School in New York City. Upon graduation, he was invited to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company, touring the world with them for eight years.
In 2003, Ueyama debuted his first choreographic work, Tsubasa, performed with fellow Taylor dancers at the McKenna Theatre at SUNY New Paltz, NY, and in 2005 founded TAKE Dance. He has performed repeatedly as a guest artist with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre. His television and film credits include PBS’s Dance in America series (with the Taylor Company), Acts of Ardor, and Dancemaker, a film by dancer/choreographer Matthew Diamond.
Having been a baseball player in Japan before fully committing to dance, Ueyama’s work blends both eastern and western sensibilities. Containing both powerful athleticism, as well as traces of his Japanese heritage by employing delicate gestures, his repertoire has been inspired by the beauty in nature, the duality of darkness and light in the universal human condition, and the humanity and compassion in day-to-day living. These elements, combined with his various partnerships and collaborations with artists of other genres, lend diversity to movement, music, and subject matter. Described as both sensitive and exciting, Ueyama’s choreography ensures a place for the heart on any stage it appears, a feast for the eyes, mind and soul; it is uniquely, “TAKE.”
Daisuke Omiya, New York based Dancer, has been performing, teaching, and choreographing for over 7 years. Born in Gifu, Japan, Daisuke started tap dancing when he was 16 years old. After graduating from high school, he moved to New York City to become a professional tap dancer.
He studied with master teachers, including Savion Glover, Derick K Grant, Barbara Duffy, Dianne Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry - Edwards, Omar Edwards, Chole Arnold, and Kazunori Kumagai, and immersed himself among tap jams which helped him to polish his craft.
His extraordinary tap skills were soon recognized and he was recruited to work with Derick K Grant as part of the member “ZEN” from March 2007 to September 2008, and continued to work with Grant in many performances. He has spent much of his time pursuing his tap career. He started studying contemporary dance and modern dance in 2009. He trained with Max Stone, Nathan Trice, and Karen Gayle. In 2011, he joined Maija Garcia’s company, Organic Magnetics, and performed at The Kitchen. Daisuke has been part of the creation and performance of works by Maija Garcia, Nathan Trice, Bran Arias, and many others. In 2016, Daisuke began performing with the New National Theatre Tokyo.