Chinese Dance

The Heart of Dance, The Soul of China

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater (CDT) is a non-profit performing arts and dance academy dedicated to preserving and celebrating Chinese cultural heritage. Every year we connect more than 10,000 audience members and nearly 200 dancers to the heart of dance and the soul of China. Please join us for our annual Lunar New Year’s Production, summer camp, a workshop or residency, school outreach, Spring Recital, or community performance!

As we have all heard, Governor Walz has declared a peacetime state of emergency that requests all of us to do what we can to slow the spread of the COVID 19 virus in the community. We want to assist in their efforts. By limiting exposure between our dancers, their families and our teachers for a few weeks we can interrupt any potential for transmission during that time. Although not required we have decided to error on the side of caution:

  1. CAAM CDT will suspend classes for a spring break starting tomorrow March 14 until at least April 6. Classes will resume at that time and make up classes will extend into the end of May.
  2. We anticipate the recital will be postposed and rescheduled. We will work on a plan to hold the recital at a later date, hopefully early June. We will inform you of the plans as soon as we know more.
  3. For the moment outreach activities during months of March and April are suspended. We are endeavoring to determine status of Festival of Nations auditions (the one for this weekend has already been cancelled). Haihua will be consulting with class coordinators on whether some dancers will be comfortable to attend future auditions if they aren’t cancelled. We are working with Festival of Nations to share with them the importance of not unduly exposing our families.
  4. We anticipate there may be some dancers who may want to continue their classes. For those classes they should communicate with Haihua. We need to maintain safety for both students and teachers and Haihui will work with these groups to determine whether it makes sense or is possible.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates. Any questions can be directed to or

CAAM CDT is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization supported by the generous contributions of foundations, businesses and corporations, and individual contributors. Founded in 1992, we are the oldest and largest Chinese Dance company in the Midwest. CAAM CDT has enjoyed remarkably stable leadership since its inception and currently serves under artistic direction of Lili Teng, a world-renown choreographer and teacher. Recently selected as “Best Dance Studio” for 2018, more than 160 students are enrolled in dance classes at our Saint Paul and Richfield campuses. Our youngest dancer ever was 18 months old, and our oldest dancer is 65 years old! Curiosity and interest in this captivating dance form are the only prerequisites for taking one of our classes. Prior dance experience is not required, and one does not need to speak Chinese.

In addition to traditional year-round dance instruction, CAAM CDT offers two award-winning summer camp programs, customizable workshops and residencies, and interactive educational programs. We are proud to have been named “Best Summer Camp” for 2018. Our annual Lunar New Year’s production at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium is the highlight of the Lunar New Year in Minnesota. CAAM CDT also performs year-round at various festivals and events. We are available for private bookings. CAAM CDT is a division of the Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM), which in turn is the oldest and largest Chinese American community organization in Minnesota.

Chinese Dance:
Chinese dance draws from more than 56 diverse ethnic groups, traditional Chinese opera, martial arts and ballet. While challenging to master, Chinese Dance is also great fun! Think of it as ballet, modern dance, rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts, acrobatics, and more, all rolled into one. The costumes are usually very colorful, and many dances use props, such as fans, swords, ribbons, long sleeves, umbrellas, and hats. There are two broad categories of Chinese Dance: Ethnic/Folk and Classical/Traditional. CAAM CDT teaches both.

Our Mission:
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater is dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and sharing our Chinese cultural heritage and enriching the cultural life of all Minnesotans through the universal language of dance.

In this spirit, CAAM CDT is pleased to offer free and low-cost performances throughout the year. In order to receive the most up-to-date information about upcoming performances and events, please like us on Facebook by clicking