A blossom of color, energy and motion, "like endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy," says the New York Times. The dances of Nai-Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of American spirit with the grace and splendor of the Asian soul. The Company's productions take the audience beyond cultural boundaries to where tradition meets innovation and freedom arises from discipline.

Reaching more than 50,000 audience members a year, Nai-Ni Chen's unique choreography transports audiences beyond cultural boundaries to the intersection of form, emotion and spirit.  Winning critical acclaim everywhere, the Company has become the go-to resource of Asian American dance for communities across the United States.  Celebrating the unique experience shaped by the immigrant’s journey, this world-class dance Company bridges the gap of understanding between cultures.

Currently in residence at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, the Nai-Ni Chen Company is one of the very few professional Asian American dance companies in the US that has produced more than 20 national tours reaching 41 states in the United States; 9 international tours to Europe, Asia and the Americas; and regular New York and New Jersey seasons at home.  It is one of the country’s most widely toured professional dance companies.  In New York and New Jersey, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company enjoys annual presentation in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, the Kupferberg Center in Queens and has been working annually with the New York Philharmonic since 2012 for its Chinese New Year festival at Lincoln Center.

In addition to its extensive season of touring and performing, the Company has developed Arts in Education residency programs in higher education and K-12.  In residence at the New Jersey City University, the Company is building a strong higher education program at the collegiate level. The Company’s K-12 program at School 26 in Elizabeth has successfully integrated dance, music, poetry with multiple  academic disciplines.  In the community, the Company has been conducting workshops for immigrant Chinese American children in Edison, NJ to preserve cultural heritage in the community.

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has been awarded generous  grants from the US State Department, The President Committee for the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts(16 times), the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State of NJ, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Fund for US Artists at International Festivals & Exhibitions, Joyce Theatre Foundation, NJ Cultural Trust, Garden State Foundation, American Dance Abroad, APAP Cultural Exchange Fund the Hyde and Watson Foundation, the Connelly Foundation, the E.J. Grassmann Trust, New Music USA, the Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Horizon Foundation, Verizon, Sony, and others.   

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