May is Asian American and Pacific Islander History month. There are so many Asian performers in every facet that deserved to be recognized. I am going to highlight five AAPI performers who deserve to be on your TL throughout May and beyond.
Nathan Chen is a US Figure Skater. He is the 2022 Olympic champion, a 10 time Grand Prix medalist and a six time U.S. National Champion. He is only 23 years old. Chen has the highest percentage of winnings in competitions now and the longest winning streak. He is the first skater to have landed 5 types of quadruple jumps. He's the first Asian American man to earn an Olympic medal in single skating. He is currently ranked #1in the International skating union world's ranking.
Madison Chock is a ice dancer. She is 3 time Olympian. She competed in 2014,2018 and 2022. Her skating partner is her boyfriend Evan Bates. She is a 2022 silver medalist, a three time world medalist and a U.S national champion.
Hannahlei Cabanila is a contemporary dancer. She was the winner of season 15 of So You Think You Can Dance. She was in the dance studio before she was even born. She knew she was going to be a dancer no matter what. She was enrolled in dance classes at 2. It was one of her dreams to be on SYTYCD.
Alex Wong is a tap, ballet and jazz dancer. He started training for jazz and tap at seven years old. He then began to start ballet studies at Goh Academy at 10. He was a finalist of Season 7 So You Think You Can Dance. He was a lead dancer in the the films The Greatest Showman and Isn't It Romantic? Alex Wong is also famous for starting the #BoysDanceToo movement. The #BoysDanceToo movement stemmed from the controversial comments of GMA (Good Morning America) host Lara Spencer.
Christine Flores is a professional dancer from Toronto, Canada. For 10 years she has competed across all genres of dance. She loves to work in commercial and concert worlds of dance . She got her start at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance Etobicoke. She was even the lead choreographer and dancer in Hozier's Almost (Sweet Music) video.
All of these performers deserved to be recognized in all facets. Their performance, skills and determination has got them to the top of their game. It is so motivating to see AAPI performers get the credit they deserve. Needless to say, all these AAPI #PerforminColor