By Martin Tsai
January 14, 2010, 12:01AMLooking to celebrate the Chinese New Year here in the state? New Jersey-based choreographer Nai-Ni Chen’s dance company will perform “Year of the Tiger” 2 p.m. on both Feb. 13 and 14 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark. Tickets are $20 to $22. Chen will also lead a parent-child workshop for the participants to create their own lion-dance masks and learn basic dance movements. Lion dance is a 15-century-old Chinese tradition that symbolically scares off evil spirits. Involving two dancers holding up a painted lion mask and a long cape, the dance has over the years evolved into various regional styles. The workshop, which costs $6 per participant, is on Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. at NJPAC. For more information, visit njpac.org or call (888) 466-5722.