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 history through contemporary dance, 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.

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 Emerita
  • Kevin Benson
  • Catherine Y. Chen
  • Patsy Fang Chen
  • Stephanie Chun
  • Kimberly Doo
  • Renouard Gee
  • Cho Young Kim-Wiles
  • Thomas E. Lim
  • Elizabeth McPherson
  • Nancy Ng
  • Ellyn Chan Roberson
  • Irina Verona
  • Marla Yoss


  • Felix D’Arienzo, Jr.
  • Mariko Sanjo


NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, NY State Council on the Arts, NYC Council District 1, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, NY State Council on the Arts, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, NYC Council District 1, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, CAF America/NIKE FUND