Our Story

Xing Chen first started  “New Rising Stars Dance Studio” in the Woodlands in 2011.
In 2014, dance studio name is changed as “Dance school of Rising stars”. “Night of Rising Stars”-first annual dance recital was held on February 15, 2014.
Nov. 22, 2015 , “Night of Rising Stars- A place Dream Starts”-second annual dance recital was held on at Queensbury Theater in Houston. More than 100 dancers and staff participated this event.
In 2016, internationally renown Ballet dancer and teacher, Principal Dongsheng Wei, Principal Jue Chen and Vice Principal Xing Chen founded Star Way Dance Academy (魏东升新星舞蹈学院) .



Dongsheng Wei


Registered in the national “Who’s Who” of Both the United States and China, Wei Dongsheng graduated from Beijing Dance Academy in 1987 and was the principal dancer of the National Ballet of China until 1991. After 14 years as principal dancer at the Atlanta Ballet, Mr. Wei now works full-time with his wife, Jenny Jue Chen, at the Atlanta Professional Dance Academy, which he founded in 1997. With his professional experience, he is leading his school towards international recognition, having appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent as well as CCTV’s Amazing Chinese.


Jue Chen


A Professional dancer and choreographer, Jenny Jue Chen received her professional dance training from her professional dance training from Beijing Dance Academy beginning in 1972. She graduated from that academy with top honors before performing as a soloist with the National Ballet of China. Mr. Chen joined Atlanta Ballet in 1991, continuing her career as a soloist. She is now the co-founder and co-director of the Atlanta Professional Dance Academy, which she leads alongside her husband, Wei Dongsheng. Mr. Chen’s specialties include choreography, classical ballet, and Chinese folk dance.

Xiaohui Gao

Xiaohui Gao: J&H Dance School Principal; Young Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher; Member of China Dancers Association; Houston Ballet Ensemble Visiting Teacher; Shanghai Opera and Dance Drama Ensemble Visiting Choreographer; Beijing Dance Academy Certification Senior Judge; China Oriental Song & Dance Ensemble Leading Actress. Raised in a family with artistic traditions, Xiaohui Gao’s dance career began at a very early age. She earned the highest degree in dance with excellence from the Central University of Nationalities and Beijing Dance Academy, and upon graduation, joined the famous Oriental Song & Dance Ensemble in Beijing. She was invited as a representative for China to visit Japan, Eastern Europe, and the United States. In both 1997 and 1998, she was invited to the Alabama International Arts Festival and was awarded with honorary citizenship of Mobile, Alabama. Xiaohui was recipient of the excellent performance award at the World Women Congress in 1994 and the North China Dance Competition in 1986, as well as the Golden Award in 1982 at the Inner Mongolian Dance Contest. Xiaohui has danced with the famous “Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre” and was invited to choreograph for the Shanghai Opera Ensemble along with many other top dance ensembles in China. Beginning in 1999, Xiaohui has devoted her time to dance teaching in Houston. Her deep passion for dance, her artistic energy, and her perseverance in dance teaching have distinguished her as one of the most well known and respected dance teachers in Houston. Many of her students have won first places at various national and international dance contests and competitions. Xiaohui Gao currently teaches various dance classes in J&H Dance School and Star Way Dance Academy.


Xing Chen

Vice Principal

Xing Chen graduated from Beijing Dance Academy in 2004 and served as a teacher at Chinese dance test center (main campus and sub-campus) of Beijing Dance Academy. At the same time, she also served as a Chinese folk dance teacher at Dance Department in Beijing Huaxia Art School. During that time, she has also been involved in editing Chinese Dancers Association text book for Chinese folk dance grade test.  Xing Chen also served as a teacher for Beijing Rainbow Light Children’s Art Troupe. Xing Chen’s students have participated performances of China Central Television (CCTV) and Beijing Television. Xing Chen has years of stage performance experience and more than 10 years of teaching experiences.  Due to her efforts and contribution to promoting Chinese dance art in Houston area, she was interviewed by Houston Chronicle in March 2014 and her students have participated in many community celebrations such as the Woodlands Waterway Art Festival, Danscape and Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by NHCA etc.


Susan Thomas McGraw

Susan Thomas McGraw has performed leads in many of the major classical ballets and has had numerous contemporary ballets set on her as a principal dancer. She has trained under instructors from The Gainesville Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Boston Ballet, German State Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet and The Cathy Sharp International Professional Ensemble where she danced and taught while living in Basel, Switzerland.  Susan holds a B. A. in Dance Pedagogy and Performance and has trained dancers in regional companies, Universities, and private studios for more than 30 years.

Lyndon Dou

Lyndon Dou graduated from Liaoning Ballet Academy, majored in ballet performance and teaching; minored in modern dance, jazz dance, and foreign folk dance.  Lyndon Dou also acquired his professional dancers’ teaching diploma from Royal Academy of Dance and he is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (Royal Academy of Dance is a UK-based examination board specializing in dance education and training, which is one of the world’s most influential dance education organizations).

Lyndon Dou served as a Demi-Soloist in LiaoNing Ballet and then a Soloist & Instructor in Suzhou Ballet theater until 2010. After that Lyndon Dou served as Soloist and Demi-Soloist in San Diego Ballet and San Jose Ballet in 2012. He has performed important roles in many Ballets such as Cinderella, Program Two,  Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker etc.  Currently, Lyndon Dou serves as a ballet teacher in J&H Dance School and Star Way Dance Academy in Houston.



Andreea Mateescu

Andreea is an internationally-recognized, classically-trained ballerina from Europe. She has been featured as a soloist ballerina at the “Ion Dacian” Opera House in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, and has been featured and choreographed for shows, traveling all over the world.  She also choreographed and produced the shows for some of the top artists in Romania. Andreea has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Bucharest Mayor Prize for the best Dance performance in 2010 and 2 times winner of the Bronze Clown Award at the Monte Carlo Circus Festival for Choreography and outstanding performance. Andreea loves teaching children and sharing with them the love she has for ballet, dance art and performance.

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Zulfiya Aubakirov

Zulfiya Aubakirova is a methodical and meticulous choreographer and instructor with over 25-years experience in both academic and dance school settings, specializing in technique and choreography, directing rehearsals, instructing dancers.  She started her classical ballet training at Seleznev Choreographic College at the age of nine. Upon graduation from the Choreographic College, she earned the Associated Degree in Fine Arts specializing in Ballet and Folk Dance. Then she attended the Kazakh State Women’s Teacher Training University and she performed in both classical ballet roles and folk dance under the direction of Bulat Aukhanov.

After completing the university with the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Ballet and Folk Dance, Zulfiya continued working as the choreographer and dance instructor at Almaty Technological University. She also performed roles in such productions as Giselle, Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Son Quixote. From 2006 to 2016 she worked as a professor at Almaty National Choreographic School. She instructed the Classical Ballet, Historical Dance and Folk Dance as well as choreographed and directed solo, duet and group dance performances. Zulfiya has trained more than hundred ballet and folk dancers during her career and her students have participated and won numerous national and international ballet competitions, such as “DanceOlymp” in Berlin, Germany, and “Jeux T’aime Paris” in Paris, France etc.


Lauren Harrington

Lauren grew up in Beaumont, Texas, training at Marsha Woody Academy of Dance and iRule Dance Studio. She continued taking dance on a collegiate level at Belhaven University and then at Lamar University. Post graduation, Lauren became a member of Ad Deum II Dance Company and danced with them Spring 2014- Spring of 2016. Lauren has performed works by Randall Flinn, Shizu Yasuda, Durell Comedy (former company member of Limon Dance Company), and Dani Hammack (former company member of Martha Graham). While a company member of ADII, Lauren performed nationally and internationally. As a choreographer, Lauren has choreographed for multiple musical productions, including Seussical the Musical Jr., 101 Dalmatians Jr., and Willy Wonka. Lauren teaches Ballet, contemporary, modern, Jazz and tap.


Regine Metayer

Regine Metayer began her dance training in Port-au-Prince (PAP), Haiti at the Haitian-American Academy of Ballet & Arts. She was a performing member of the Haitian-American Contemporary Dance Theater, under the direction of Eileen Herzog-Bazin. Regine was a featured performer dancing in choreographies created by Sharon Newton and Juan Fidel Mieses Gautraux. She began teaching and was a faculty member at HAMABA from 1993 through 1997. She is currently a Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Council of America, holding three Teacher Examination Certificates.
Ms. Metayer attended Florida State University and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Her dance education includes Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Afro-Contemporary, and African-based dance studies. She has performed in such noted works as Balanchine’s AGON, Midsummer Night Dreams, Cinderella, La Bayadere, Paquita and the Nutcracker.  She has worked with such renowned national and international professionals as Garth Fagan (Bucket Dance Theater), Doug Varone, Buglisis / Foreman, Jawolee Zollar (Urban Bush Women), Tyrone Brooks (Dance Theater of Harlem), Abdel Salaam (forces of nature), Suzanne Farrell (New York City Ballet), Lisa Lockwood, Sheila Humphre y(Royal Ballet), Anjali Austin(Dance theatre of Harlem), Richard Sias, Lynda Davis, Anthony Morgan and Myra Woodruff (graham company), all of whom are well known to the international dance community.

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Yi Qu (Frida)

Ms. Qu started her International Standard Dance training since elementary grade 5 at Shenyang Dancesport School and she graduated from Beijing Ballroom Dancing Academy. Ms. Qu is a professional dancer and a certified teacher from International Ballroom Dance Association. Ms. Qu received numerous awards as follows:

  • 2002  No.fifth in 2002 “College Cup” hosted by China International Standard Dance Association
  • 2003 First place in Latin Professional Group B, “Jiangong Cup ” China National International Standard Dance Competition
  • 2004 Gold Medal, Singapore Merlion Award Professional Group A
  • 2012 No. four in professional group of China “Peach Blossom Cup” International Standard Dance Competition



Brandon Harrell

Brandon Harrell, also known as 747, is a 30-year-old professional dancer/choreographer. He is a choreographer for MTVs America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6 winners, “I.aM.mE Crew”. His professional dance career began in 2008 where he co-directed a company known from Houston, Texas known as Marvelous Motion. Since then, Brandon has worked with many artists in the industry and recently gotten opportunities to work with brands such as Nike, Hologram USA, and Cirque Du Soleil. These days, Brandon is continuing to grow as a dancer/choreographer and hopes to pass along all the knowledge he has learned throughout his dance career.


Cherry Song

Cherry Song Began her dance training in 1998, and she continued her education at the Atlanta Professional Dance Academy until she graduated in 2011. Now Ms. Song is a teacher and choreographer for APDA. She is a passionate and proficient performer and choreographer, especially in hip hop dance. Ms. Song’s talent in dance has earned her the title of platinum champion in the International Dance Challenge competition.


Rachel Eades

She is currently a dancer and performer with Queensbury Theater and served as a dance instructor at Epic Dance Center specializing in choreography and instruction of beginning/intermediate ballet, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance.