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K-12 and Community College Virtual Program

January 19, 2023 via Zoom

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

0.5 CEU/5 PDCH

The webinar is free, but registration is required.

Educators are invited to join UNC World View and Carolina Performing Arts for a webinar to explore the arts and culture of Hong Kong, China with a special focus on dance. All grade levels and disciplines are welcome! Bridging Cultures Through Dance will feature Alison Friedman, Carolina Performing Arts Executive and Artistic Director, and a special guest artist from the Hong Kong Ballet. Together they will engage the audience with stories and information about the unique and fascinating arts of Hong Kong, from Kung Fu to the golden era of Hong Kong cinema. Educators will leave the program with a greater awareness of arts and dance in Hong Kong and an introduction to the Hong Kong Ballet.

Carolina Performing Arts will host the Hong Kong Ballet for a performance of Romeo + Juliet at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill. However, this is not the Romeo and Juliet you may know! This retold story of star-crossed lovers from Septime Webre is set in Hong Kong in the turbulent 1960s, where “retro Hong Kong is vividly brought to life in the epic love story’s captivating dancing, complex drama, and sumptuous cheongsams.” Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) is an internationally recognized and award-winning arts institution comprised of almost 50 dancers from across the globe.

Welcome to UNC World View

Charlé LaMonica is the director of UNC World View. She has held service to the state front and center in her work. Since 2013, LaMonica has expanded UNC World View’s support of educators and increased partnerships in both rural and urban settings. LaMonica and the World View team have led more than 21 global study visits, taking K-12 and community college educators around the world to learn about educational systems, classroom experiences, history, business, and culture. Since the founding of UNC World View in 1998, more than 25,000 teachers have participated in UNC World View programs from every county in North Carolina



Plenary Speakers

Headshot photo of Alison Friedman

Alison M. Friedman is the James and Susan Moeser Executive and Artistic Director for Carolina Performing Arts at UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to that, Friedman was artistic director of performing arts for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest arts and cultural developments. Previously she founded and ran Ping Pong Productions, a US- and Beijing-registered cultural exchange organization that works in more than 50 countries on five continents. She was a 2002-03 Fulbright Scholar to China, a John F. Kennedy Center arts management fellow, and a fellow at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program. She is fluent in Mandarin and works with renowned and emerging artists across Asia, Europe, Australia, and North and South America. (Photo by Jen Hughey/ UNC-Chapel Hill)


Heidi Lee is the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Ballet. She has served as a professional arts administrator for more than 20 years, working for various Hong Kong arts organizations on their management, planning, programming, marketing and branding, including PIP Cultural Industries Ltd., Hong Kong Dance Company, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Fringe Club, among others. In 2010, Lee was appointed Executive Director of Cheung Kong School of Art and Design at Shantou University. She became the Associate Dean in 2014 and Director of Arts & Cultural Development of STU Arena in 2018. During her eight years at Shantou University with the support of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Lee founded the STU Art Season, which she later transformed to the New Wave Arts Festival in 2018. She became Chief Executive of Intercultural Dialogue, the organizer of Matteo Ricci, when she returned to Hong Kong in 2019. 

Program Materials

To receive .5 CEU (or 5 PDCH) you must attend the virtual program on January 19 and turn in a completed study guide. Registered participants will be sent the study guide prior to the program.

Program Policies

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