Chen Dance Center

Located in the heart of Chinatown, Chen Dance Center is a recognized leader in dance and a leading Asian American arts institution. The recipient of the 2002 NYS Governor's Arts Award, the 2005 BESSIES Special Citation, and the 2009 NYC Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture. CDC realizes its mission to provide moving experiences in Asian American and contemporary dance through its three affiliate programs:

  • H.T. Chen & Dancers (est. 1978) - a touring modern dance company dedicated to the creation of innovative works and offering quality educational programming.
  • School (est. 1980) - a year-round community performing arts school.
  • Theater (est. 1988) - a professional performing arts venue that supports the work of emerging artists through production services and series.

CDC is a member of Dance/USA, Asian American Arts Alliance, Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations, and Chinatown Voting Education Alliance.

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Spring 2009

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