Welcome to Bellingham Silk Road Dance Academy. We are a Washington State nonprofit organization based in beautiful Bellingham. Connect with us on Facebook.

About us

The Bellingham Silk Road Dance Academy (previously the Bellingham Silk Road Dancers) was founded in 2005 by Jianna J. Zhang, an associate professor at Western Washington University. Our goal is to promote Chinese and Asian performing arts and the cultures. We offer dance and drumming classes for all ages. If you, your family, or your friends are interested in learning dance or drumming, please contact us:

Facebook: Bellingham Silk Road Dance Academy
Contact person: Jianna Zhang, Artistic Director


Artistic Director

Professor Jianna Zhang dreamed of dancing as a child. She loved the graceful movements and expression of life that dancing offered. Growing up in China did not offer her the opportunity to train as a professional dancer, but she never let go of her dream. Jianna moved to Bellingham, WA in 2002 and is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Western Washington University. In 2004, Jianna began volunteering to teach children and adults traditional Chinese dances at Meihua Chinese School. She started to form the dance company Bellingham Silk Road Dancers in 2005. As the founder and artistic director, Jianna choreographs and teaches a variety of Chinese dances. Her dance group has performed for audiences in Bellingham, Seattle, and Vancouver (Canada). Jianna's dance school aims to share the love and passion for Asian culture through teaching and performances.



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Regular dance classes are being held weekly on Friday nights.

6:30 - 7:30 pm: Korean three drum dance (samgo-mu)

7:45 - 9:00 pm: Chinese dance

Please check our Facebook page for class times and pricing.


Bellingham Taiji Association


Taiji (taichi) is a fascinating Chinese martial art, and a very important concept of Chinese philosophy. Taiji promotes balanced emotions, thoughts, and perceptions. Many have shown that practicing Taiji helps mental and physical health. Our goal is to help people of all ages learn taiji.

Classes are being held every Saturday from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.


Bellingham Qipao Association


The beautiful and elegant qipao represents an important concept of China.


Costume Rentals

Many of our beautiful dance costumes were hand picked and purchased from China. Some of these are available for rent. Costume catalogue and pricing info coming soon. Meanwhile, if you have questions, please contact us.



Becoming a member of Bellingham Silk Road Dance Academy is a great way to help support us. The membership fee is $60/year. Performance and activity information will be sent to you accordingly. Other donations and support are greatly appreciated.


Contact Us.

Email us at and/or connect with us on our Facebook page.

We would love to hear from you! Let us know if you would like to join our mailing list and be notified of upcoming events and performances. We will try our best to get back to you as soon as possible!