Chia-Ying Kao is an independent dance artist based in New York City since 2004. She received her MFA degree in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College where she earned the Bessie Schonberg Award in 2012. From 1995 to 2002, she attended the National Taiwan University of Arts in Dance in her hometown of Taipei, Taiwan, where she got her Associates Degree and her BFA.
Her work has been presented at Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Chen Dance Center, Queens Public Library Auditorium, Northport Library Auditorium, Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, Page Auditorium at Duke University, Tribeca Film Festival, Manhattan's Union Square for a dance installation, Roulette NYC, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston and Hualien Cultural Arts in Taiwan.
Chia-Ying has collaborated with important choreographers, dancers, and institutions such as Sara Rudner, Yvonne Rainer (2012, Trio A, Chair/Pillow and We shall Run), Twyla Tharp (2012, The One Hundreds), Bill T. Jones (2006, Chapel Chapter and Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin), Asian-American Cultural Circle of Unity (since 2008), Hou Ying Dance Theater (2006-2009), Topaz Arts (since 2006), Chinese Theatre Works (since 2008), Chinese–American Arts & Culture Association (2006, Gone with the Wind at the Lincoln Center Outdoors Festival), New York Chinese Cultural Center (2006-2007), and Earl Mosley Diversity of Dance (2004, Nudancenow Festival), among others.
In the past years, She has been a guest artist teaching modern dance, composition and improvisation at the American Dance Festival International Choreographer's Residency, Sarah Lawrence College, National Taiwan University of Arts, University of Taipei, Tainan University of Technology College of Arts, Duke University, Bard High School Early College, Yeshiva of Flatbush High School, Open Arts Program of Tisch New York University and UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance. In November 2017, Chia-Ying was invited to choreograph a new work “Disappear Digest” and offers master classes at Broward College - Visual and Performing Arts Department.