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In my movement practice, choreography, and teaching of dance technique, I am influenced by contemporary, postmodern, and classical modern genres that fuse natural alignment, release technique, and dense movement vocabularies that also pull from Chinese qìgōng and African diaspora dances of capoeira and hip-hop.

My interest in kinetic spatial experiences developed in studying contact improvisation and immersive theater. My experience in non-traditional aerial apparatuses informs my pedagogy to work with multidimensional surfaces in addition to the traditional stage, preparing dancers to work on the many shows that incorporate diverse spaces.

I continue to broaden my knowledge in all forms of modern and contemporary dance, weaving diverse movement practices into my teaching, research, and choreography.
Waeli has taught courses, classes, and workshops in--
Modern Technique
Contemporary Technique
Jazz Technique
Dance History
Dance Pedagogy


2023 - present    Visiting Lecturer, Department of Dance, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

2023 - present    Dance Faculty, Department of Dance, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA

2021 - present    Dance Faculty, Department of Dance, Cypress College, Cypress, CA

2020 - 2021        Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2019 - 2020        Guest Choreographer, Department of Theatre & Dance, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

2018 - 2019        Teaching Associate, University of California, Irvine


2022        Panelist, "The Struggle Continues: Claiming Identity, Practice, and Joy." Hosted by National Dance Education Organization.

2022        Guest Lecture, "When Movement Language and Visual Language Collide." Organized and hosted by the Department of Art at UC Irvine.

2022        Roundtable Panelist, "Emerging Perspectives." State of the Art: 2022 International Symposium on Screendance,

                hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

2021        International Guest Lecture, "Embody Communal Practices & Cultivating Personal Pedagogy."

                Hosted by Global Dance Conference and University of Roehampton. 

2021        Artist Lecture and Workshop, "Screendance as Transformative and Culturally Provocative." Hosted by Texas Tech University.

2020        Artist Lecture and Workshop, "Eco-Anxiety Workshop: Uncertain Futures, Climate Grief, Healing Breath & Our Changing Season."

                Hosted by tUrn at Santa Clara University.

2020        Interviewee, "Waeli Wang - Movement Artist, Educator, and Identity Theorist." Count 9podcast interview with Benjamin Goodman.

2020        Artist Discussion, "Identity through Movement: Dance and Social Justice Frameworks."

                Hosted by Asian American Pacific Islander Womxn in Leadership in partnership with Academic and Professional Women and UCI Digifilm.

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