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The Theater of Chen Dance Center is a professional black box venue that presents the work of H.T. Chen & Dancers and serves the New York City dance community and audiences from the metropolitan area.

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The Theater produces newsteps: a choreographers Series, a semi-annual showcase series for emerging and independent choreographers, commissions new dance works through its Ear to the Ground series for Asian-American / Native American choreographers, and provides a fertile ground for independent artists to create and present work through the Co-Presentation Series.

Since its inception in 1988, the Theater has achieved a respected position in the artistic community, having received extensive press attention, most notably in the New York Times and The Village Voice.

“...a place where theatrical magic seems about to happen”. -NYT

Resident Company

H.T. Chen & Dancers’ Family Programs

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Teahouse Performances

... illuminating the richness of Chinese culture and history in an unforgettable performance matrix.

Teahouse Performances (est. 2005) is a delightful event perfect for the whole family featuring H.T. Chen & Dancers repertoire, live music, Chinatown refreshments, and pre-show activities that connect to the evening’s performances. Each semiannual production includes a unique repertoire, music, and cultural activities. Guests receive VIP treatment (despite affordable ticket prices), being served tea and Chinese treats during the show, and all have a chance to meet Artistic Director, H.T. Chen.


Performance Series

Contemporary dance at Chen Dance Center

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newsteps: a choreographers Series

A dance series dedicated to providing creation and showcase opportunities to choreographers creating innovative and risk-taking works. Since its inception in 1994, this series has produced hundreds of artists.

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Choreographers, selected through live audition, are provided with rehearsal space, an honorarium, and three public performances at Chen Dance Center. No application fees. Choreographers call in on a specific day to receive an audition date and time. At the audition, a choreographer may present up to 7 minutes of work(s) with remaining time left for discussion with the audition panel. Pieces will be no longer than 10-minutes in total. All auditioned works must be new or in progress, and should not have been performed in New York City three months prior to, or after, the newsteps performances. Arrangements must be made in advance for pieces having special technical needs or requiring clean-up.
Please check our website for up-to-date audition information, or join our e-list to receive audition notices.

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Ear to the Ground

Ear to the Ground series was established in 1995 to provide mid-career choreographers with a residency and commission to create new work. Artists will be provided with 40 hours of rehearsal time, a professional lighting designer, publicity, three public performances at The Theater. The residency will also include a workshop or lecture-demonstration for the community.

No application fees. To be considered, you must:

  1. Be an Asian American or Native American artist creating innovative works.
  2. Reside in New York.
  3. Submit a résumé and sample of recent work to:

Chen Dance Center
70 Mulberry St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013

Previous artists include: Abby Man-Yee Chan, Marie Alonzo Snyder, Lenora Lee, Elaine Wang, Sahar Javedani, Anita Cheng, Noopur Singha, Hou Ying, Sam Kim, Perry Yung & In Mixed Company, Keo Woolford, Frank Waln, Kun Yang-Lin, David Liu, Satoshi Haga, Sharon Estacio, Tomomi Arai, Felix Chen, Akim Ndlovu, Potri Ranka Manis, Kristin Jackson, Krithika Rajagopalan, Grace Mi-He Lee, Ju-Yeon Ryu, Cheronne Wong, Ting-Chu Cho, Ernest Abuba, Fong Kuang-Yu, Chung-Fu Chang, Eunhee Ko, Lisa Chow, Li Minh Tam, Yin Mei

Co-Presentations

The Theater of Chen Dance Center is dedicated to serving the New York City dance community by providing performance and rehearsal opportunities to independent contemporary dance choreographers. To learn more, please Contact Us.

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