Thursday, August 06, 2009

Collaborations with the
Harlem Schoool of the Arts

For the past several months, Nai-Ni has been working with students in the Children's Dance Ensemble at the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA). She choreographed the dance In this Sky, where the Angels Fly for them to showcase in their year-end performance. They also had the opportunity to perform it again at the Harlem Arts Alliance event, Artz Rootz & Rhythm at The Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building's outdoor plaza in May and again in June at the Morris Jumel Mansion (Manhattan's oldest house and headquarters to General Washington in September and October of 1776).

The company also performed The Art of Chinese Dance for the students participating in the HSA's ARTScape Summer Camp, followed by a traditional Chinese dance workshop taught by Chu-Ying Ku. Both were very well received by the students.

The Harlem School of the Arts collaborated with The Joan Mitchell Foundation and Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to do a workshop, where visual art students draw professional dancers. The Foundation brought over about 15 high school students and they did drawing for about 1-1/2 hours. It was a great success and we hope it leads to future collaborations of this type.

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