Gigi YIU, dancer/theatre performer
Gigi Yiu is a theatre performer, movement director, choreographer and dance instructor. She trained as a Musical theatre performer in HKAPA. Over the several years, she travelled to France and New York to study under the tutelage of many famous teachers and Broadway dancers with scholarships. In 2014/15, she made a leap for new challenges and studied a Masters degree at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA), University of Surrey (UK) on a full scholarship provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.
Gigi has extensive experience in performing arts during the past years. For the recent performance in musical, she earned the nomination of the Leading Best Actress for The 24th Hong Kong Drama Award & The 6th Hong Kong Theatre Libre. Her career procile reveals her ability to successfully fulcil the responsibilities required of a skilled performing arts industry professional.
During her past training, she demonstrated the ability to work internationally with leaders, directors and choreographer across commercial units, such as BBC, Sky Arts in UK and the most prestigious traditional theatre company in Japan (Shiki Theatre). Throughout the years, she also directed and choreographed works for the screen and stage pieces, musicals and drama productions. Her recent success was working as a dance instructor for Andy Lau Fans club, performing and assisting tap dance in “Jacky Cheung ½ Century Concert Tour”.
In addition to her training as a triple – threat theatre performer, Gigi passed the Advanced level of ISTD with Honours (TAP DANCE). She was also invited to perform as a guest artist in the Miss Chinese International Pageant, Hong Kong Dance Award and Hong Kong Drama Award in the past few years.
Returned to Hong Kong, Gigi worked as a guest lecturer for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, movement instructor for the HKAPA Drama production, also choreographer and movement instructor and in the New Vision Festival – “Utopia, Momentarily” and worked as a director for the Jockey Club “ United We Play!” Cultural Inclusion Musical Project.
In 2017, she became the founder of the Art studio – MOVIN’ GRID, aim to promote and keep developing the creative art industries in Hong Kong.
Dan Lavelle, jazz guitarist/vocalist
Dan LaVelle has been playing the guitar since he was 9 and did his first professional gig at age 12. Cutting his musical teeth on R&B/funk and soul of the 60s and 70s, he also has a strong background in all types of contemporary music styles from Brazilian to jazz. While just out of high school, he played local club dates and toured with many of the top bands in his hometown of Pittsburgh in the US. He was later invited to join the renowned R&B power band Pure Gold that toured across the US with acts like the Manhattan Transfer, Martha Reeves and many others in the late 70s and early 80s.
During the mid-80s, Dan lived Japan where he did both song writing and club dates in the Kansai region of the country. In 1987 he arrived in Hong Kong as one of the first wave of Western musicians helping to build an international music scene in the Territory. Since then he has written songs for scores of top Canto-pop artists as well as the platinum-selling Filipino band – Side A.
In 1998 he teamed up for several years with superb Asian contemporary vocalist Angelita Li in a highly acclaimed touring duo that showcased a strong Brazilian and jazz repertoire. In addition, later on while writing and arranging music for Disney and Pixar, LaVelle also began playing a number of local dates with top flight jazz vocalist Jennifer Palor. This eventually led to their recording of the critically acclaimed CD – Jenerations on Tableau Records in 2008, co-produced by Roel Garcia.
He also works closely with nu-jazz vocalist Ginger Kwan as composer and recording guitarist as well as with the superb Toyko-based pianist Yuki Makita and serves arranger and touring guitarist for R&B vocalist Sybil Thomas. In addition, over the past few years Dan has performed with Grammy® award-winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal and serves as music director for Montreux Jazz Festival award-winning singer – Talie Monin.
Dan LaVelle regularly plays a host of performance dates each month at various top venues in Hong Kong with the finest musicians and singers, allowing him to expand his musical creativity in new and interesting ways.
Lew Brown & Ray Henderson
Life is just a bowl of Cherries
And All That Jazz
I Still Believe in Love
(Acappella with Tap Dance)
Jazz Guitar Improvisation
When the World Needs Now is Love
I Got Rhythm (with Tap Dance)
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