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Hsiao-Jou Tang ’08

Hsiao-Jou Tang ’08 was born and raised in Taiwan, where she studied ballet, modern and traditional Chinese dance, and Tai Chi before moving to New York to continue her training.

Recognized for the beauty and technical precision of her performances, she is also known for her ability to take creative risks that contribute to the development of choreography. Tang adapts to different styles and traditions of dance, while simultaneously being faithful to her own background and training. 

Tang has collaborated with multiple companies and choreographers. She performed Many Happy Returns with Monica Bill Barnes & Company at The Space at Irondale in Brooklyn, NY (2023), The myth of forward motion (or, The Box Dance) with 2nd Best Dance Company at Gibney 280 Broadway in New York, NY (2023), and Movement with Netta Yerushalmy at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ (2022). In 2023, she also worked with Joanna Kotze, Stacy Spence, Annie-B Parson, Donna Uchizono, Tendayi Kuumba, and Xan Burley + Alex Springer.

She was a company member of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion (2010–2012) and Doug Varone and Dancers (2012–2019), during which time she performed domestically and internationally at venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music: BAM, Lincoln Center, and The Joyce theater, among others.

Through Varone, Tang was the Cultural Ambassador with DanceMotion USA (2013) and was funded by the United States Department of State to tour Peru, Argentina, and Paraguay.

Also, as a member of Doug Varone and Dancers, she taught and re-staged several works at universities throughout the United States. By the end of her tenure with the company, she was the company’s Rehearsal Director (2017–2019).

is a member of 2nd Best Dance Company, founded by Hannah Garner ’15.

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Performance still from ReComposed, Doug Varone and Dancers, BAM Harvey Theater, New York, 2017. Performer: Alex Spri... Performance still from for North, Xan Burley + Alex Springer, at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Ribner.)

Awards / Residencies

2024 Viola Farber Award in Dance

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Awards