Chen Dance Center

Established in 1979, Chen Dance Center has been dedicated to serving the Asian-American community and the New York City dance community. This commitment is demonstrated through arts education at the School, opportunities and production services at the Theater, and a modern dance Company known for moving presentations of Asian-American experiences. The Center is also dedicated to presenting a robust annual educational programming to schools in the metropolitan area. By providing students with a channel to explore their own creativity through dance and illuminating the richness of Asian-American culture and history, CHEN DANCE CENTER strives to introduce a memorable experience that resonates beyond performance.

Our mission is to provide moving experiences in Asian-American through contemporary dance through artistic creation, arts education, and presentation. Established in the thriving hub of Chinatown, the organization provides year-round programming to communities in Lower Manhattan through its company, school and theater. It is one of the “Diverse Arts Spaces” supported by the Ford Foundation and was bestowed the 2002 New York State Governor’s Award for Artistic Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Communities and the 2009 NYC Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture. From 2009-2014, Chen Dance Center completed a series of renovations and expansions.

After years of hard work, physical and technical improvements were made possible to the Chen Dance Center with the help of supporters like you. Thank you for your support. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Board of Trustees

  • Rita Gail Johnson, CHAIR
  • Shirley Ubell, Honorary Chair
  • Ernest Abuba
  • Kevin Benson
  • Catherine Y. Chen
  • Patsy Fang Chen
  • Kimberly Doo
  • Renouard Gee
  • David Harrison
  • Thomas E. Lim
  • Nancy Ng
  • Ellyn Chan Roberson
  • Cho Young Kim-Wiles
  • Marla Yoss

HONORARY ADVISORS

  • Felix D’Arienzo, Jr.
  • Ming Cho Lee
  • Mariko Sanjo


SPONSORS

The Ford Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, and NYC Council District 1.

The Ford Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, and NYC Council District 1.