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H.T.Chen & Dancers Educational Programs


Educational programs can entertain, educate and provide an experience that encourages young audiences to grow and appreciate dance in new and exciting ways.

Students enjoying educational programs at Chen Dance Center

Eight Strokes & the Moving Word Series

A field trip to Chen Dance Center is a cultural immersion experience for elementary through college level students. Our dance-based show, with award-winning works by choreographer H.T. Chen, has been cited by educators as “the field trip of the year”. Eight Strokes & the Moving Word Series draws from the company’s rich cultural heritage and dynamic repertory to reveal the culture and history of Asians in America. Through dance and calligraphy, the students are shown the stories and meaning behind the words and dances in an innovative one-hour presentation through live performance, video projections, and an interactive format.

In the unique environment of the theater, children will discover new methods of expression and will leave with a renewed enthusiasm for learning that they can take back to the day-to-day classroom environment. A comprehensive study guide, complete with detailed information about the cultural elements of the performance, suggested classroom activities, and a reading list is available for lower and upper level classes.

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In the community

More intensive partnerships with the local community include a 22-week After School Dance Program at PS 42 where the Company provides dance training to grades 3-5, and Early Childhood Dance Classes to grades K-2. The senior citizen dance program in collaboration with Open Door Senior Citizens is another vital community program, creating a new multi-generational production to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, one of the main cultural holidays in the Chinese community. This two-year project will culminate in public performances at Pier 35 in 2018.

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