CAAM
Chinese Dance
Theater

Welcome to CAAM Chinese Dance Theater!

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!

 What’s New!

Ending July 23 . . . registration for our Award-Winning Summer Camp! We still have a few openings. Click here to learn more!

Full-ride Summer Camp scholarships! Thank you Metropolitan Regional Arts Council! Their Arts Learning Grant will support summer camp scholarships for up to 20 kids and provide dance tuition into the Fall. Click here to learn more!

Lions and Peacocks and Snakes -Oh my! Join CAAM CDT for some animal fun at the Family Fringe Festival August 2-12. Tickets on sale now! Buy tickets or learn more here!

Congratulations to our Chicago Taoli World Dance Competition participants! Our dancers did incredibly well, taking home the highest award (Judge’s Choice), one Platinum Elite award, two Platinum awards, and one Gold award (see the box below). CAAM CDT also earned an award for teaching excellence. All of our participants were invited to continue on to the World Finals in Irvine, California.

 

 There’s more!

After more than 15 years with CAAM CDT, we are saddened to announce Lili Teng’s retirement from the Artistic Director position as of December, 2018. Teng Laoshi will continue to serve as school principal and dance instructor. Please contact us if you are interested in applying for the Artistic Director position.

Congratulations to …

CAAM CDT, for being selected “Best Dance Studio” and “Best Summer Camp,” 2018, by Eagan Sun Thisweek readers!  CAAM CDT also recently received the “Teaching Excellence Award” from the 2018 Chicago Taoli World Dance Competition.

Students Leora Derechin and Echo Nelson, for earning “Judges Choice,” “Best Partnership,” and “Platinum Elite” awards for their dance, 同行 (Inseparable); dancers Annie Bai, Hannah Buss, Amelia Eggert, Charlotte Emanoff, Amanda Kasper, Annika Olson, Faith Tian, and Amaris Tu, for earning “Most Energetic” and “Platinum” awards for their dance, 甩小辫儿 (Swing Up); Echo Nelson for earning a “Platinum” award for her dance, 舞韵花瓷 (Porcelain with Dance Rhythms); and Amaris Tu for her “Gold” award for her dance, 月亮船 (Moon Boat) at this year’s Chicago Taoli World Dance Competition!

Students Julianne Mason and Amanda Kasper, this year’s Stanley and Marvel Chong Foundation scholars.

Our 15-year Dancer Zoey Lindberg; 10-year Dancers Meili Hill, Anya Mazar, and Lynn Wilcox; and 5-year Dancers Ming Abraham, Mulan Addy, Amy Chen, Amanda He, Emily Luo, and Emily Zhang.

 

About CAAM CDT:
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 2017. Our annual Chinese 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 follow us on Facebook by clicking https://www.facebook.com/CDTCAAM/