2016 Lakehouse Residences Main Stage Performers

The Lakehouse Residences Main Stage is CDBF’s showcase for the richness and diversity of the area’s Asian and Asian American communities. Join us there at 10 am Saturday July 30 for the Opening Ceremonies with a Team Parade and words of welcome. You’ll recognize many of the emcees — they’re on-air personalities from Denver’s TV stations, who are role models to show that Asian Americans can be and do anything.

Listen to Dwight Mark’s theme song for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, “Dragon Boat”!

Here’s the Main Stage Schedule for the weekend!

(Note: Performers and times are subject to change)


academy-of-rawAcademy Of Raw is Hype 303’s competitive team, which performs and competes in and out-of-state. AOR has won almost every major competition in state as Hype 303 for the past couple years, and has competed at World of Dance Chicago. AOR made its debut as part of the Skool District family at World of Dance Houston 2013 and competed at World of Dance Los Angeles 2014. AOR strives to represent the Colorado urban dance community to its fullest potential by sharing their love and passion for dance.


AnieGamelanhttp://arcinda.orgARCINDA (The Arts & Culture of Indonesia), presents Javanese Gamelan Music, Songs; and Dance (from the Javanese Palace). Arcinda got rewarded several grants: Colorado Creative Industries, Denver, City of Fort Collins and City of Longmont. Other accomplishments : 1) Arcinda got awarded to perform annually at Denver Museums: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Art Museum; and Denver Museum of Colorado History. 2) Also, got selected to perform at Holiday Heritage event, at Governor’s mansion,
2011 where Arcinda featured a unique multi-cultural collaboration, that the gamelan (heptatonic scale) can be tuned, played together with a modern band. 3) Another accomplishment: 2014, Arcinda got awarded to perform at the Museum for the launching of IMAX movie:”Journey to South Pacific:, that was attended by the Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper.


amira-kalbackAmira Kalback has been practicing and performing Indian Classical dance for 25 years (since 5 years old) and will perform a Bharata Natyam piece.

BLOCK 1750

Block 1750 is a dance based cultural arts center located in Boulder Colorado that provides an open, welcoming space for youth and people of all ages and backgrounds. Built for the community, by the community that it serves, the Block acts as a staging ground for events, activities, performances, and classes all over the Boulder/Denver area, as well as a home away from home for many youth and adults, both local and foreign. At Block 1750 we strive to inspire, teach and empower individuals from all walks of life and unite them through creative endeavors of there choosing.


Broken Empire (BE) is an eight – member, dance crew from multiple parts of Colorado. Est. in November of 2015, BE represents an excited group of individuals that motivate each other to find out who they really are. BE is also an encouraging, environment that offers continuous opportunities and challenges to one another. Being apart of a crew with both choreographers and freestylers makes them inspired to bring versatility and diversity to their routines.


Christina Yeh Dance Studio has been participated in CDBF performances for more than 14 years. Christina Yeh focuses on the art of traditional Chinese dances as a performer, instructor, and choreographer. She interprets Chinese culture and traditions through various dance forms. Her dance choreography features various Chinese ethnic cultural music and costumes, embodied with symbolic body movements and postures.


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Founded in 2013 by Kayla Scott, COhe (pronounced CO) is a hip hop dance crew based out of Colorado. The name COhe stands for cohesion, a connection through each others bonds to come together as a family. This family of dancers have come a long way, and continue to pursue their One Motive of giving back to the community through their love for dance.


denver-buddhist-temple-minyo-kaiThe Denver Buddhist Temple Minyo Kai was formed in the 1960s by Issei (first generation) and Nissei (2nd generation Japanese who wanted to enjoy and share traditional Japanese folk dance. The dances come from different regions in Japan and celebrate a trait or history that is unique to their areas.


The Denver Shaolin Kung Fu Academy was founded by Shaolin Master Shi Heng Chao . Having grown up and trained from an early age in the Shaolin Temple in China, Shi Heng Chao brings authentic Shaolin teachings from the 1500 year old lineage of martial Arts to the academy in Denver. The academy specializes in traditional Shaolin Kung fu fist forms, traditional weapons, animal forms and advanced weaponry training, as well as Chinese kick boxing/ grappling / iron body training.


Denver Shaolin Kung Fu Tai Chi Institute has been based in Aurora CO for the last 6 years. We have been teaching traditional shaolinquan, taijiquan, wushu and sanda. We have taught 15 national champions and are taking a large team of competitors to Hong Kong next March.


DENVER TAIKO, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit organization committed to honoring and sharing Japanese drumming through performance and providing an engaging creative outlet for those with interest in the art of taiko exhilarating. Our group ranges from energetic and talented teens to accomplished veterans who have performed with Denver Taiko nearly from its inception. The Junior Denver Taiko ensemble is a showcase for our youngest members. Early inspiration for our founding members came through a visit to Denver by Sensei Seiichi Tanaka, the taiko master who brought this art form to the United States by way of San Francisco. He is considered to be the Father of Taiko in North America and now there are hundreds of taiko groups scattered throughout the United States and Canada. In keeping with the tradition of the music, Denver Taiko has become known for its own unique performance style and personality. We have become an important part of Colorado and the West’s cultural landscape, playing at concerts, festivals and diversity celebrations throughout the region. The group was honored in 2001 by Denver’s Mayor Wellington Webb when we received the Mayor’s annual award for Excellence in the Arts.


Great Wall Chinese Academy is a non-profit Chinese community school. We offer classes for K-12 and adults students from all culture backgrounds. Students learn Chinese language and cultures like Chinese traditional Chinese dance, kungfu, yoyo, instrument, handcraft and calligraphy and more. The dragon boat festival provides a great opportunity for our students to share culture heritage, experience the dragon boat traditions, explore local communities, and built wonderful friendship and long-lasting memories of lifetime.


Halau Kalama is a Polynesian Dance Group formed in 2011 that specializes in educating & promoting the Polynesian Culture through dance & music for all who wish to learn. Our group consists of students from ages 3-50+ years. Located in Southeast Aurora, CO, classes range from beginners, intermediate & Advanced and all on are on Saturday mornings. Halau Kalama focuses on four Polynesian islands: Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand. We pride ourselves on the island costumes and dance. It is our missions to educate all communities about our Polynesian culture. Members of Halau Kalama perform throughout the state of Colorado entertaining as well as enlightening all communities who wish to experience the Aloha Spirit.


Founded in 1980, the Korean Academy of Taekwondo is one of Colorado’s oldest and most successful martial arts schools. They have multiple locations and currently work with everyone from 2 year olds to senior citizens, from students with special needs to Olympians. Their main locations are in Aurora and Littleton but they teach in about 25 elementary schools, churches, and other location in the Denver metro area.


The Mon are an ethnic group from Myanmar/Burma who have settled in the US includig Colorado, as refugees. The Mon Community of Colorado is designed to preserve Mon literature and Mon culture while bridging it with multi-cultures in Denver, CO, the United States which is new home to the Mon refugees. Mon National Day is celebrated every year in February and Mon Summer School is opened in June. Other cultural activities are monthly scheduled due to the Mon lunar calendar. Mon Community of Colorado has participated in CDBF since 2011.


Mudra Dance Studio, a nonprofit organization, is intent on the celebration and promotion of Diversity though the Universal Language of DANCE & MUSIC through the classical Indian dance form of “Kathak” – story telling, along with contemporary & folk dances from India. The studio has a yearlong school for students of all ages, as well as a professional performing company. Our Focus: Cultural outreach & Diversity: Children & Education: Charity & Uplifting: Well-being & Collaboration: Mudra’s Annual Production is to support other non-profit organizations.


The Philippine American Society of Colorado is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating, preserving, promoting and sharing the Philippine culture and heritage through educational and cultural opportunities that would enrich and enhance the lives of its members and the people of Colorado.


SF1 is a drummer, music producer, dancer, actor and emcee who began his career in performance. Born in Denver, Colorado SF1 started as a member of the drama group and the children and youth choirs in church. A graduate of Denver School of the Arts/Career Education Center, SF1 studied both music and audio engineering. Upon completion of high school he continued his education at Berklee College of Music and received his Bachelors Degree in Music Business Management from the University of Colorado Denver. When performing live, SF1 is backed by a skilled ensemble of performers which includes SF1’s brother Marv as the other emcee, the talented Julie Almeria on vocals, Jasson Martin on Drums, multi percussionist Aaron Templer and featuring Ninaad Nariani from Mudra Dance Studio. SF1 is sure to be considered one of today’s multidimensional talents that possess an array of skills that is sure to captivate and electrify any stage. Not your typical rap/hip hop artist of today but truly an artist in its true essence.


Howie's Studio(Saturday Opening Ceremony Dragon Dance and also Main Stage performance at 1:30 pm)

Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu is a non-profit association offering a comprehensive system of martial practices intended to cultivate the defense skills, health, character and spiritual development of its students. Although the martial applications of Shaolin Hung Mei form its foundation, history, theory, philosophy and culture are integral to its structure. The organization bridges the gap between Eastern and Western ideals and people by exposing the greater metro communities to a variety of Chinese traditions. SHMKF has been part of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival since its inception. SHMKF’s Shifu, or Master, Howie Solow, is one of the founders of the festival.


In tune and attuned. At Sureela, we practice attuning the mind, body, and spirit through sangeet: movement, rhythm, and melody. Sureela students and ensemble members learn about South Asian philosophy, history, religion, literature and mathematics through the performing arts, focusing on North Indian classical kathak dance.


sway-hulaAloha, Kainoa has been performing professionally in the Denver area since 1984. In 2007, she was given the opportunity to open a Polynesian dance studio, which gained 75 students that first year. She danced in Hawai’i. the United States and Canada. Having performed many years with a professional group here at Dragon Boat, last year was the first year that she presented her students. They received such an such an awesome response, and are pleased to be back again this year! We are proud to again present, Sway, Hula Colorado at the Colorado Dragon Boat festival. Her students all have a close association with Hawai’i or feel a deep affection and love for hula. They surely work very hard to embody the spirit of aloha and to share their love for the islands.


Tyler Weaver and his team does extreme martial arts performance. Tyler started his martial arts training as soon as he was walking. Tyler is one of the world’s top leading youth martial artists. He began competing an amateur league when he was 7 and by 9 he was ready for the Elite divisions. In 1997, he won his first ISKA World Title and has earned three more since then. From there his success and extreme talent has landed him prime-time television exposure including Disney, the premier episode of “The Megan Mullally Show” and “The OPRAH Winfrey Show.” When Tyler is not training or filming, he is traveling world-wide for performances, seminars, and teaching locally at his karate school.


Thai Harmony is the group of Thai dancers and musicians from the Thai temple of Denver, Wat Buddhawararam. The temple was established in 1976. It is situated at 4801 Julian St. Denver, CO 80221. Adults and children receive Thai traditional dance and classical music lessons at the temple under the Thai Language and Culture Program which is a joint project in collaboration with Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Please contact us at 303 433-1826 or at our email: [email protected].


Wendy Woo has led anything but a “normal” life, which separates her from the average performer. As the daughter of bohemian parents who were founding faculty members at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado, her childhood home was a truly eclectic social center. Influential Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Ken Kesey were regulars in the living room! This unusual setting helped develop Wendy into an emotive singer as a child. She started playing the guitar just so she could provide her own accompaniment. After mastering the guitar, she began writing songs and performing in songwriting circles. She attended both the University of New Mexico and the University of Colorado, where she studied a variety of musical genres, theory and composition. Her many musical influences include everyone from folk chanteuse Suzanne Vega to the legendary Paul Simon. The trademark blended rhythms in Simon’s music inspired her to add similar complexity to her own compositions. With this in mind, Wendy developed a technique she calls “Slaptap,” a method of creating a captivating visual and percussive backdrop using the guitar body and fret board. Her innovative spirit led her to the storied steps of Boulder’s Fox Theatre for her first job in the music industry. There she gained confidence as a performer, while learning the skills of self-promotion, booking and publishing. The venue acknowledged her talent by slotting Wendy to open for world renowned headliners, including Counting Crows, Michael Franti and others. Wendy’s dedication and competence was rewarded when she won the Colorado Lilith Fair Talent Search in 1999, sharing the stage with an elite lineup including the Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin and Sheryl Crow. Her versatility is evident by the wide variety of artists whom Wendy has since shared the stage, including The Fray, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Brad Paisley, Karla Bonoff and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Her tour stops have included performances at premier venues like Red Rocks (CO), the Living Room and Bitter End (NYC), Hotel Café (LA), Bluebird Café (Nashville) and Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA). Having penned and recorded over 200 original songs and playing over 150 dates yearly, she has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile performers on the circuit. An example of that reputation is the legendary Carly Simon inviting Wendy to perform with her at “Festival of the Senses” on Martha’s Vineyard in 2014. Wendy has also been named Westword Magazine’s Music Awards “Singer/Songwriter of the year” five separate times, resulting in her induction into Westword’s Hall of Fame. The 2015 release of “Tipping Point”, which was produced by Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, Huey Lewis and the News) and mastered by Grammy winner Brad Blackburn (Maroon 5, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Black Eyed Peas and Sara Bareilles.), is a testament to her mastery as a tunesmith and a reaffirmation that Wendy Woo continues to live a life that defies the term “normal!”


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