Dana Tai Soon Burgess at the White House

Dancer Katia Norri, journalist Lisa Ling and choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess | Photo courtesy of Dana Tai Soon Burgess

Choreographer and artistic Director Dana Tai Soon Burgess was invited by the White House to participate in its Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration May 28. Burgess spoke about his background as a Korean American, his creative process as a choreographer and his work as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Katia Norri, a member of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, performed Burgess’s solo, “Dariush.” Journalist Lisa Ling was emcee of the event, which featured 2012 “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez and author Amy Tan.

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