CHING CHING WONG

"Control and abandon are difficult for any dancer to navigate, but NW Dance Project's Ching Ching Wong masters both in a single movement."

 

(Dance Magazine, "25 to Watch")

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ABOUT

Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in southern California, Ching Ching Wong began her dance training at Allegria Dance Theater under the direction of Dr. Alia Harlan Kaneaiakala. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts major in Dance Performance and minor in Education and Psychology & Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine where she studied with legendary dance maker Donald McKayle. In addition to her dance training, she is a certified classical Pilates instructor through The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.

In 2010, she joined Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon where she has originated roles in creations by Ihsan Rustem, Patrick Delcroix, Lucas Crandall, Felix Landerer, Jiri Pokorny, Didy Veldman, Wen Wei Wang, Sarah Slipper, Alex Soares, Pedro Dias, Carla Mann, and Yin Yue amongst others. She has performed Rustem's State of Matter, which won both the Sadler's Wells Global Dance Contest and the Audience Choice Award at the 25th International Competition for Choreographers Hannover and has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe on notable stages such as the Joyce Theater NYC and Jacob’s Pillow. Ching Ching’s teaching and dancing has been profiled in Northwest publications including Metro ParentWillamette WeekPortland MonthlyThe Mercury, and Oregon ArtsWatch who have remarked her as “boundlessly personable,” “vividly engaging,” with “fearless attack” and a “maturity with trust, ease, and thoughtfulness.”

Ching Ching has most recently been recognized by the national publication Dance Magazine as 25 to Watch. In 2015 she was awarded The Princess Grace Award in Dance, the most prestigious recognition for dance performance in the United States. 

Ching Ching is the founder of The Experience, an international dance workshop series, and Project Salamat, a global outreach program. Beginning Fall 2017, she will embark on a tour of the U.S. and Asia with violinist-looper Joe Kye for his album “Migrants”. She is honored to have been given the title of assistant to Swiss choreographer Ihsan Rustem and travels internationally to help stage his works.


PRESS

Portland tribune | October 16, 2017

Dance Moves

"In a couple weeks, Wong will leave Portland to make her next moves in her career, having reached national-level status as a member of Northwest Dance Project. She's earned a Princess Grace Award, annually given to top professional dancers, and she's known as one of the "25 To Watch" for 2017 by Dance Magazine — not to mention countless performances and tours with Northwest Dance Project, headed by artistic director Sarah Slipper and executive director Scott Lewis."

 
Ching Ching Wong

artlandia podcast | October 2017

Adventures in Artslandia with Susannah: Sarah Slipper & Ching Ching Wong

"This week Susannah chats with Sarah Slipper & Ching Ching Wong about their Fall 2017 season opener and Ching Ching’s farewell performance with NW Dance Project."

 
Ching Ching Wong and Franco Nieto

oregon arts watch | October 19, 2017

DanceWatch: Dancer Ching Ching Wong says good-bye

"Ching Ching Wong has danced for NW Dance Project for the past seven years. When she and I sat down this past weekend to talk, we estimated that she had danced approximately 70 new dances in her seven years with the company. If you’re wondering if that’s a lot? It is. It’s a whole lot. Wong’s contribution to the company is immeasurable."

 
Ching Ching Wong

orgeon arts watch | October 19, 2015

Ching Ching Wong’s Princess Path

"The Northwest Dance Project stalwart enters the company's "New Now Wow!" with a new crown: She's the project's fourth Princess Grace Award winner since 2010."

 
Ching Ching Wong

Dance Magazine | December 29, 2016

25 to Watch

"Control and abandon are difficult for any dancer to navigate, but NW Dance Project's Ching Ching Wong masters both in a single movement. In resident choreographer Ihsan Rustem's Yidam, half of her body dangles as if free of bones, completely unbound in some precarious, impossible position. Meanwhile her standing leg supports the gorgeous shenanigans going on in the rest of her body, her astonishing ability to have balance while being off balance galvanizing attention at every moment."