WRUS alumna, Chloe Tong, Class of 2010, is a remarkable young woman with numerous and diverse accomplishments to her credit. She enrolled at Wye River Upper School in the middle of 9th grade having been homeschooled by her parents, Rodney and Elizabeth Tong, through elementary and middle school. At Wye River, she proved herself a capable student and athlete, playing basketball, competing with Freedom Rowers, a high school rowing club based at Evergreen Cove in Easton, and pursuing her love of dance, several nights a week, at the Mid Shore Dance Academy. She went on to major in dance at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she trained in modern dance under Pamela Hisenhoover with the core technique being Martha Graham. She also studied the techniques of Take (Ta-Ka) Ueyama, Isadora Duncan, Joffrey Ballet dancer Dominique Angel and many Paul Taylor dancers.
Since her graduation from Randolph College in 2014, Chloe has pursued many interests. After serving as dockmaster for a season at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, she was brought on full-time to work in the Buildings and Grounds Department where she remains while also working weekends on the Museum’s Patriot cruise boat. As part of her duties in Buildings and Grounds, Chloe became certified to operate a backhoe and then earned a more advanced certification to train others in backhoe operation.
Chloe also continues to pursue her love of dance and choreography. Last fall, she choreographed a production of Evita for the theater company, St. Mark’s Players in Washington, D.C., and more recently, she has joined forces with her dance instructor of many years, Shari Smigo, and a few fellow dancers from the Easton-based MidShore Dance Academy (where Chloe also has taught classes) to start a new, nine-member independent dance company, Continuum. She was involved in the effort to make Continuum a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization and now serves the company as artistic director, choreographer, and dancer.
Always adventurous and generally fearless, Chloe has one more major undertaking in progress. She is in pursuit of her dream to pilot helicopters!