创办人Q.M Zhou是一位专业的舞蹈演员兼舞蹈编导，在母亲这位舞蹈教授的熏陶下，自幼在中国接受了系统的专业训练 – 中国古典舞和中国民族民间舞，芭蕾舞，曾经就读北京舞蹈学院社交系专修国际标准舞，在阿德莱德艺术技术学院学习当代舞蹈，同时也是在阿德莱德华人中一位拥有舞蹈双学位的华人专业舞蹈编导。
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The founder Q Mei Zhou is a professional dancer and choreographer. Under the influence of the dance coach she had who is her mother, Zhou received systematic professional training as a child, in styles including classical Chinese dance, Chinese folk and ethnic dance, and ballet. Zhou has majored in ballroom dancing at the Beijing Dance Academy, studied contemporary dance at TAFE SA, and is a prolific choreographer in Adelaide’s Chinese community holding dual degrees in dance.
During the past decade or so in her learning, Q Mei Zhou has devoted most of her time and energy to her dance career, and she knows that there comes a time where she must give back to the communities which made her success possible. Zhou’s mother has been one of the greatest sources of support on her way throughout this journey, allowing her to navigate the field of dance with ease. Zhou has received countless awards in various dance competitions, in which most of the performances were choreographed by her mother. She has earned valuable teaching and stage experience during her time participating in Chinese style dance performances and choreography. Whenever she was on stage, whether she was performing a self-written routine or other people’s work, her mother would always require that she approaches the task with utmost passion, not allowing her to commit even the slightest error.
For Zhou, if her study of dance in China can be counted as accumulation of experience, then her studies here in the capital city of South Australia would be considered improvement of practice. Moving from Chinese traditional dance to contemporary Western dance offered Zhou the opportunity for a giant leap in her dance career. Through her transition from the Chinese traditional system of education to a much more liberal, self-directed education format, Zhou gradually learnt to regulate her abilities to adjust, and through the clashes between the differing dance cultures of Australia and China, she learnt of each of their most treasurable essences, witnessing the brilliance of each country’s artistic vocabulary with her own eyes. These experiences provided her with abundant information to further cultural exchange between the two nations in the future, while also giving her a solid foundation for later work.
Zhou considers herself an easy-going, cheerful, and generous person. To be modest and a good listener, and to learn and grow is her motto. Outside of work, she enjoys chatting with friends over a simple coffee or meal. Of course, here in multicultural Australia, she has made lasting friendships with those from a variety of cultural backgrounds – she enjoys making friends from different work environments and upbringings after all, seeing it as a way of learning.
Ever since her mother was performing on stage while pregnant with her at three months, destiny has decided that Q Mei Zhou shall live to dance! To Zhou, dance isn’t as simple as just moving one’s arms and legs around, or boring, repetitive cycles of training. Dance is the driving force of life flowing in her blood, the hardship and determination all along her road to the present day, the sheer happiness of producing a successful piece of work after gaining experience from having choreographed countless failed works. Dance represents her eternal gratitude to her mother for what she gave to her and her career, her endless memories of her father, the definitive positioning of her future career target!
Once again, Q Mei Zhou would like to give thanks to her mother for fostering her career as a dance artist, to her father for encouraging her to be an all-rounded high achiever, to all of her teachers who had mentored her, and to all of her friends who have given her their ever valuable help and support.
Although Zhou has lived in Adelaide for over a decade, she has always upheld her career and personal ethos that she brought with her from home. “Three nos, three yeses” form her basic principles:
- I will NOT give up my dedication and passion for dance due to changes in my environment.
- I will NOT give up determination to achieve my dreams because of temporary difficulties.
- I will NOT give up my faith and confidence in my goals because of setbacks from failure.
- I am honest in my approaches towards others, and I will cut off relations with those without morals, or are habitual liars.
- I am a trustworthy person, who would always face my friends with a tolerant and respectful attitude, while those who are selfish and cunning will never be in my circle of friends.
- I understand the importance of being thankful; I am thankful to my parents for raising me and my family for always supporting me, to all of my friends who have helped me in the past and present.
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