Chinese Dance

Learn more about CAAM CDT’s Summer Camp scholarship initiative!

" The blue glowy ladies dance." Photo courtesy Jijun He.

Cullen’s favorite dance was the one “with the blue glowy ladies doing the weird bowing and hand symbols and stuff,” and Abby wondered how the dancers made it all work. Selina wanted to be like us; Andrew and Loti simply wrote, “I love you.”

This year, more than 412 Highland Park Elementary School students attended CAAM Chinese Dance Theater’s weekday matinee, an abbreviated version of our critically acclaimed world premiere “Our Dance, Our Dreams.” The children were there through efforts of a donor community determined to give each of them a chance to see and experience performance art in general and Chinese dance specifically. More than 80 percent of the 1,200 students attending the matinee were in Chinese language programs, and more than half receive free or reduced-price lunches. These kids loved the show! To date more than 100 of them have sent us drawings, notes, and thank-you cards.

With your help, CAAM Chinese Dance Theater can expand these and other kids’ education even further by making it possible to attend our award-winning Summer Camp. Our Summer Camp allows kids of all backgrounds to dive deep into multiple aspects of Chinese culture, including arts, dance, and language. This year’s activities will also include lion dancing and martial arts. $10,000 would allow up to 40 kids attend the camp for a 1-week session.  In addition, if we can raise the $10,000, the scholarship program would potentially be eligible for up to $15,000 in matching funds from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council!  This would allow even more kids to come–or alternatively–allow some kids to continue dance instruction year-round.

Any amount will help get these kids to Summer Camp! Donors at the $100 level and above will receive a free ticket to the Weekday Matinee, which is possibly one of the most rewarding and fun ways to see your generous donation at work! A $250 donation pays the full price for one week for one child. All donations are tax-deductible.

Please select your donation level below:
Earn a free ticket to our 2019 Weekday Matinee!
$250.00 covers the full cost of one child’s camp attendance for a week!


Want to donate a different amount? Click on the $10 button above. When you reach your “shopping cart,” simply increase the quantity you want by the total donation you wish to make. Then hit the “recalculate” button. For example, if you would like to donate $30, increase your quantity to “3” and hit “recalculate.”

Or . . . make a donation via the Paypal button below, and enter any amount. In the line where it says, “This donation is made in honor of:” please type in “Summer Camp kids’ donation.” Thank you!