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The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is one of the few go-to sources of Asian American culture and educational programs in the NY/NJ/PA area. Over the past five years, nearly 1,000 schools have had direct contact with the Company’s dancers.

I am surprised to see such a level of maturity in my students' performance. They are able to deliver complex emotions in the dance.
-Krystal Hall Glass, Dance Department Chair, Harlem School of the Arts

They [Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company] taught skills not only necessary for student's success in school but also for their future careers.
-Joanne Chiriani, Teacher, George Washington School, Hillside, NJ


Our mission is to integrate Chinese American heritage into the contemporary dance world, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company strives to be a world-class dance company that celebrates the diversity of ideas that immigrants encounter in America. The works of the Company inspire audiences to examine the common ground between innovation and tradition, freedom and discipline, and spirit and form.

What we can do for you:
Our workshops can fit seamless into your school's schedule, either in-school or after school, depending on your needs.

Long-Term Residencies -
The Company assigns one Company teaching artist and one Company dancer to provide professional-development seminars; curriculum materials developed in collaboration with teachers are used to deliver approximately 50 workshops in dance movement, visual arts, and music that involve community artists, Company dancers, and prominent guest artists/designers. The program culminates in an all-school China Day Festival.

Short-term residencies - The Company offers 45 to 60-minute workshops that can take place in one class period or span across multiple days. We also use components from our Long-Term Residency model in many of the Company’s short-term residencies.

Educational Workshops

Dancing on the Silk River
Ribbon Dance Workshop - Grades K-8

A fun filled workshop for young and old. This activity teaches the audience how to make a rainbow, waterfall and ocean wave with ribbons. It focuses on the most important goal of Chinese art: oneness with nature.

The Ten Elements of Chinese Dance
Movement Workshop - Grades K-12

This workshop is relevant to anyone who has an interest in Chinese culture, art and dance. It gives first hand experience into movement disciplines that originated thousands of years ago.

Forms in Motion
Grades 5-12


This more advanced workshop allows students to integrate language, brush writing art and dance into a unified whole concept.



Master Classes
Advanced Workshops that are appropriate for High School, College and even the General Public:

Tradition Meets Innovation
Movement Workshop - General Public

The Movement workshop is designed for experienced dancers and students. Participants will work with Nai-Ni Chen and her dancers to draw upon the elements of the Chinese movement tradition and learn how Nai-Ni Chen utilizes it as a foundation to develop her contemporary movement style.

Forms in Motion
Lecture/Demonstration - College students, Professors & General Public

This Lecture/Demo teaches the participants how Chinese culture, visual art, and language relates to movement. Nai-Ni Chen has developed movement style and choreography by finding the common elements in Chinese Calligraphy and movement. In this class, the key elements will be introduced through the demonstration of the brush stroke in calligraphy and dance movements.