Chinese Calligraphy - Instructor: Peter Lau
Peter Lau emigrated from Hong Kong to Orlando in 1995. He has worked at Rosen Hotels for 16 years as prep chef. He enjoys living in the United States and has been actively involved in the community. Lau has practiced Chinese Calligraphy for more than 50 years and loves to spread his culture and Buddhist beliefs through calligraphy demonstrations. As a way of giving back to the community, Lau chooses to give away his calligraphy to the people he shares it with. He has demonstrated his skill at many events such as the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival, Asian Cultural Festival, and many other events at Orange County Libraries, Universal Studios, and Hilton Grand Vacations employee events.
Monday 5pm – 7pm
Chinese Painting - Instructor: Jane Leung Moody
Jane has been painting Sumi-e style since the mid ‘80’s. Her personal style is a combination of traditional Chinese and contemporary Western techniques to bring landscapes and floral scenes to life. She practices with a variety of materials, using acrylics and watercolors to achieve the level of detail necessary in her artworks. Jane’s goal is to bridge the gap between traditional (sumi-e style) techniques and twenty-first century contemporary art.
Monday 5pm – 7pm
Orlando Young Lions – Director: John Chung
Orlando Young Lions is a program to engage the young kids between 6 to 17 years old to participate and learn the traditions of lion dancing. It is beneficial for both physical exercise and for cultural emersion. There are positions available for both dancing and for drumming (to keep the rhythm). This program is free to all children.
Saturday 6pm – 8pm
Yoga by Alpa – Instructor: Alpa Bhatia
Alpa Bhatia has been enjoying the benefits of Yoga all her life. She is a nationally certified Yoga teacher and has been teaching Yoga over 12 years. Alpa has also been in service to her community as a children’s Yoga instructor at several after school programs and seniors Yoga at several Yoga studios. She has also taught at the Golds gym for the past 10 years and now a power Yoga instructor at various locations at LA Fitness. She is passionate about Yoga and the benefits each person can gain from the practice no matter the age. While she favors sharing an Ananda (hatha) style, she practices Ashtanga (power and flow), Bikram (hot), and integral (meditation and pranayama) styles of Yoga.
Wednesday 12pm – 1pm
Indonesian Kolintang Instructor: Chris Tasukano
Chris Tasukano graduated from Jayanegara University with a Bachelor’s in Financial Management in 1988 in Indonesia. He started the music coach Kolintang Association in Indonesia. Chris then standardized the Kolintang instrument internationally in 1996. He is the chairman of MKF (Mapalus Kawanua Florida). He enjoys teaching Kolintang to all groups of every age and is currently teaching a group of women in Orlando.
Origami – Instructor: Izumi Sakurada
Izumi Sakurada was born in the ancient city of Nara, Japan. She immigrated to American in 1983 to seek higher education after graduating from high school in Japan. She then graduated from Chapman University in CA with B.A. in Fine Art. After working in various corporations in Los Angeles at bilingual and bi-cultural environments, she moved to Orlando in 1996. Becoming a mother opened a new path to become an educator. Montessori educator experiences lead her to find her passion for sharing her Japanese heritage with locals. Since 2006, as Japanese Lesson 34747, she has been providing private lessons of Japanese language and culture to locals via individual and group lessons. An avid volunteer at local Asian festivals. Since 2011, she has been teaching Senior education program for Stetson University’s Road scholar and Lifelong programs.
Line Dance Instructor: Cecilia Mao
A former nurse and a former accountant, Cecilia, born in Shanghai, educated in schools in Taiwan, is a longtime resident of the Orlando area. Cecilia started line dancing in 1998 in Michigan, and started teaching classes jointly with her husband in 2000. She has taught classes and been a part of several line dance performing groups in Denmark, Norway, and currently in Central Florida.
Friday 5pm – 7pm
Mahjong is a game that originated in China. It is commonly played by four players. The game and its regional variants are widely played throughout Eastern and South Eastern Asia and have a small following in Western countries. Similar to the Western card game rummy, mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance.
Sunday 1pm – 5pm
REACH Youth Tutoring
Tutoring offered by REACH consists of proficient high school students who will provide academic assistance to local children in elementary schools and middle schools. The youth director/principal tutor has taught Sunday School at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for the past three years and is teaching a class of 20 4-6 year olds currently. The tutors enroll in rigorous courses at their high school and many are in the IB or AP program. Several have experience in tutoring and others through National Honor Society. They are mature young adults who are willing and more than capable of academically assisting any child.
Cultural Dancing is a significant part of the Asian Cultures.
We will bring in cultural dancing from the countries of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Stay tuned for more!