Chinese Dance

Annual Lunar New Year Production

“Better than CCTV’s Chinese New Year Show!”

-audience member, 2017 “Keepsakes: A Chinese Love Story (青花缘)”


CAAM CDT is honored to have partnered with the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium for almost 20 years to bring spectacular, dazzling Chinese Dance to Minnesota audiences every Lunar New Year. Past productions have sampled from the dance traditions of multiple Chinese ethnic groups, celebrated the beauty of flowers, and explored the intersect between Chinese drum traditions and dance. Every production is a fantastical, colorful explosion of sound, music, and artistry.

Click here and here to learn how this West St. Paul family incorporates CAAM CDT’s Lunar New Year Production into their annual celebration.

“Once Upon a Lake” will take you to place of beauty and magic. Photo courtesy Jijun He.

Once upon a lake … Wouldn’t it be fun if Western fairy tales started this way? Xihu (West Lake) sprang into existence when a perfect piece of white jade escaped the heavens and slammed to earth. The resulting crystal lake nestles in China’s best tea-growing mountains, guarded by a phoenix to this day. Is it any wonder Xihu has inspired poets to put pen to paper, artists to paint, storytellers to spin tales, and lovers to meet on its shore?

Please join us as CAAM CDT’s dancers take audiences from Xihu’s mountains to its Sichuan-inspired tea houses and, finally, back to the lake itself, where two famous lovers will meet their destiny over tea.


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, 2004 Randolph Ave., St Paul, MN 55105, 651-690-6700.  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 on January 29, 2019. Tickets are priced to be affordable at $7.  Do you need funding? Please contacts us to learn how we can help at  School/Matinee tickets are purchased directly from CAAM CDT by emailing us at


Our 2019 World Premiere, Once Upon a Lake (西湖随想) was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.