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!

A big thank you to our Give to the Max donors! Your generous support allows us to support our mission including a special fundraiser to bring new audiences to the 2020 Production.

Don’t wait to donate to CAAM CDT! Journey to DunHuang, CAAM CDT’s world premier, opens in less than 8 weeks. With your donation, new audiences, who haven’t seen the vibrant costumes, captivating stories and amazing dance before, will experience the magic of live, professionally produced Chinese dance. With your donation, CDT receives matching funds through the City of St. Paul and others to fill the O’Shaughnessy. Don’t miss this opportunity to make 2020 the best performance and audience ever!

Donate online or send checks to:

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater
800 Transfer Road
Suite 8
Saint Paul, MN 55114

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater Premieres
Journey to Dunhuang

2020 Lunar New Year Production
Saturday, January 25, 7:00pm
Sunday, January 26, 2:00pm

CAAM 2020 Lunar New Year Performance

敦煌 Dunhuang was the Chinese gateway city to the West, the oasis of the vast desert on the once fabled Silk Road, and home to the most spectacular Mogao Caves; it was a dream built on commerce, religion and art of the ancient civilization, developed over thousands of years. Its beauty and wonders are calling us. Come, CAAM Chinese Dance Theater invites you to join our Journey to Dunhuang!


For limited time only, $15 main floor tickets are available! Contact CAAM CDT at or a CAAM CDT dancer for these specially priced tickets.
$20 in advance or $25 at the door (excluding fees)

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.

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