Lorita Leung Dance Company

Lorita Leung Dance Company (LLDC) was established in 1970, and is one of North America’s pioneer Chinese dance performing groups. Led by Artistic Director, Jessica Jone, LLDC is dedicated to the professional presentation of authentic Chinese Classical, Folk and Ethnic dance, while leading at the forefront of current Chinese dance directions. LLDC maintains a wide repertoire of both Traditional and Contemporary Chinese dances, and highlights the original Contemporary Chinese dance creations of Resident Choreographer, Chengxin Wei.

Lorita Leung Dance Company has a rich and vibrant history.  In 1984, it became the first overseas Chinese dance group to be invited to perform in China after the establishment of the Communist Party. Then Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang hosted a special banquet for Lorita Leung in honour of her visit. The success of that first tour was so resounding that in 1988, the China Performing Arts Agencysponsored another successful five-city tour of China. LLDA toured and performed in China two subsequent times, and in 1997, LLDA toured five cities in Taiwan to raise money for cancer research.  In addition to touring various cities across North America, in 2010, LLDA represented Canada at the 2nd International Dance Festival in Malaysia. 

Nationally, in 1989, the Lorita Leung Dance Company played an important role at the opening of the Museum of Civilization of Ottawa.  Not only did LLDC’s performance inaugurate the Museum’s theatre, but its video clips and costumes were also featured as part of the historical exhibit Beyond the Golden Mountain. LLDC has performed at countless venues and events over its luminous forty-six year history, and is celebrated for its continuous dedication to preserving, promoting and enhancing Chinese dance culture in Canada.  Lorita Leung Dance Company is a well-known cultural ambassador as well as an artistic leader in the field of Chinese dance.