These families have longed for someone who could teach their adopted children the language, music and dance of their home country. Fu found an unlikely teacher – a 13-year-old student at North Cross School.
Liu Yang has been instructing her young pupils in Chinese folk dances. Though she’s young herself, she has nine years of dance experience already. She’s been meeting with the children and their parents on weekends to teach them for free, Fu said.
On Saturday at the Taubman Museum of Art, Liu, who performs under the name Lulu, will dance with about 10 of her students as part of the 2013 Chinese New Year celebration.
Technically, it’s the Year of the Snake, but Fu doesn’t like snakes. She joked that she’s calling it the year of the “little dragon” instead.
The free event is intended to bring more people through the museum’s doors. “We’re doing the whole thing for them,” Fu said. “It’s such a wonderful facility.”
Liu will also perform a Mongolian dance. Fu called her “very mature for her age.”
The program also features a piano performance of a Chinese folk song by Annie Chen, a student from China attending Roanoke Catholic School. She’s played piano for 13 years, starting when she was 4.
Fu said that it can be difficult to find Chinese classical musicians familiar with their native music, as many are trained to learn Western compositions.