With Shen Yun Since: 2007
Angelia Wang won first place (junior female division) in New Tang Dynasty Television’s 2009 and 2010 International Classical Chinese Dance Competitions. She tied for first place (adult female division) in the same competition in 2012. She studied classical Chinese dance at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Chinese Dance from Fei Tian College in New York.
Chinese Name: Wang Chen (王琛).
Meaning of Chinese given name: Chēn (琛) means precious treasure.
Nickname: Chao-chao. My grandpa gave it to me. It means to excel.
Favorite tour city: Sydney, because we always spend a lot of time together, cooking in the apartment hotels, eating together, singing. It's a very happy time.
Make up takes: 15-20 min.
Warm-up method: Stretch, kick a bit (front, side, back), and do a series of techniques.
Favorite warm-up music: Piano music or orchestral music; faster music to make time go by quickly during intense stretching.
Pre-show energy food: Dark chocolate.
Intermission activity: More warm-up.
Most prominent strength: “I’m okay, don’t have an outstanding one,” she says. (Really? Have you seen the photos?)
Favorite character to portray on stage: A Falun Dafa practitioner.
Most memorable audience reaction: Last year in Taiwan, once during The Power of Compassion, when the fairies come down and the Dafa practitioners give the book to the policeman, it seemed like an entire side of the audience was crying like crazy.
Favorite Chinese historical figure: Han Xin and Zhuge Liang. For now.
Favorite travel pillow: My purple pillow that I’ve had ever since I was. But it’s a lot older than me. It used to be much nicer looking. Some call it “Little purple” (小紫). My family calls it “Pillow rag” (爛枕頭).
# of stuffed animals in bedroom: 10, if you just count the big ones.
Travel food: Pine nuts—I really like pine nuts.
Favorite ice cream: Strawberry Häagen-Dazs and mint chocolate chip.
Favorite movie snack: I’m really focused when I watch movies. I don’t eat.
Least favorite food: Cilantro!!
Dream vacation destination: I’d like to go Boundary Waters. I want to camp there, see the stars at night, and meditate there.
Wanted to be as a kid: I wanted to be a doctor, then an astronomer, and an archaeologist.
Siblings: None, but I have a cousin I grew up with and he’s like a brother to me.
One wish: I wish that my grandparents will live long healthy lives.