New York, NY - A unique New York public school, the Shuangwen Dual Language Academy has a new partner for its art and dance curriculum: the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. The Academy, also known as PS 184, is one of the city's highest achieving schools and a bold experiment in the city's school reform.
With a recent FLAP grant, the Shuangwen Academy invited Nai-Ni Chen to bring to the students at Shuangwen knowledge that can bridge cultures; her Company is engaging students in learning the conflict and harmony of the two cultures in the lives of the students. The Company's initial program will focus on the bridge of Chinese visual art and Chinese performing arts and how the Chinese classical concept of Jin (concentration), Chi (flow) and Sheng (spirit) is so timeless that it is applicable to the students' daily lives and encounters. We expect, however, that this program will change and evolve as the artists and students become more familiar with each other so that it can help the students to achieve an even higher level of excellence.