Chinese Dance

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!

Announcing CAAM CDT’s 2019 Lunar New Year Production, Once Upon a Lake (西湖随想)! January 26 and 27 at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium.  Learn about our latest World Premiere here, and purchase your tickets here! Are you a school or other group? Consider attending our 45-minute weekday matinee,Tears of the Dragon, Leaves of the Tea! Also, check out our awesome coloring and activity book for kids (and adults). Please review our camera and cellphone policy here.

Huge Thank You’s to . . .

Our Facebook Fundraiser and Corporate donors, who to date have covered the ticket cost of almost 500 kids’ attendance! Unfortunately, there are still about 415 kids without bus fare to our critically acclaimed School Matinee, Tears of the Dragon, Leaves of the Tea. Let’s not leave any kid behind! Donate to our Facebook Fundraiser now and double your impact! Donations collected between now and Dec. 31 will be matched up to $3,000!
Our 21 Give to the Max donors! Would you like to join them?  Our Give To The Max website will remain open into the new year. Your support allows us to reach more communities, build more bridges, and help more children become their best version of themselves. To date we have raised $1535, with $200 of that dedicated to the kids’ School Matinee. Please click here to learn about this year’s initiatives. Xie xie!

Dance Scholarships! We still have several dance class scholarships available for Spring Dance Classes through the generous support of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Scholarships are through an Arts Learning Grant and cannot be used for other purposes (like school matinees, which is why we are raising separate funds). Dance scholarships are available to kids who receive free or reduced-fee school lunches (or the equivalent).


 There’s more!

We’re looking for dance instructors! Please contact us for details.

Congratulations to …

CAAM CDT, for being selected “Best of Family Fringe” by Twin Cities Arts Readers, and “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 “Best Partnership,” and “Platinum” 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); and Echo Nelson for earning a “Gold” award for her dance, 舞韵花瓷 (Porcelain with Dance Rhythms) at the 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.


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