Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces Bridge Classes for This Week

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces Bridge Virtual Dance Institute of Revolutionary Dance Experiences Free one-hour corporate classes on Zoom open to all intermediate to advanced level dancers on July 11-13, 2022. Interested dancers can join the course in registration here: https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2185029®id=&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fforms%2Fd%2Fe%2F1FAIpQLSfa6k8oMdzpbVufBQzqzILJh2iyoKIA88JJcg3j5xJQGB7Z2gutm %2Fsourceform? =BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1.

Bridge class times are as follows:

Monday, July 11, 2022 | Layla Ogasawara (belly dance) at 10 a.m.

Wednesday July 13, 2022 | Greta Campo (Kinetic Spiral) at 10 a.m.

The belly dance class will combine yoga and strengthening exercises, followed by combinations of isolation and belly dancing.

Tap into the creative energy of the universe with Kinetic Spiral. Nai-Ni Chen’s signature technique is based on the principle of the ever-changing universal forces of Yin and Yang. Dance phrases from Nai-Ni Chen’s repertoire will be taught.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has established a new dance institute via Zoom, The Bridge. The Institute’s goal is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors from around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are rooted in the community and focused on advancing the art dance that transforms personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces.

As a virtual dance institute, The Bridge will invite world-class dancers and choreographers as well as up-and-coming artists to teach classes. Advanced/intermediate level professional or pre-professional dancers looking to explore beyond their own boundaries and seeking new dance experiences are encouraged to participate. The core curriculum is based on Nai-Ni Chen’s Kinetic Spiral, which is a cross-cultural dance vocabulary that integrates Chinese martial arts philosophy in TaiChi with the contemporary dance practices she studied in America. Guest artists will cover a wide range of folk and classical dance styles.

In this difficult time of change and uncertainty, the arts are a source of healing and unity, we would like to encourage everyone to support dance as dance is essential medicine for society to recover from the pandemic which caused injury to our bodies and our hearts. Support for The Bridge can be sent via https://www.nainichen.org/donate.

About the artists:

Greta Campo is the Associate Artistic Director of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. She began her dance training in her native Milan at the Carcano Theater, where she was first introduced to the work of Martha Graham. She performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company during their 2012 season in New York and later on their international tour. Greta is the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star Award from the Fini Dance Festival.

About Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company:

The choreographer/dancer, Nai-Ni Chen, was a unique artist whose work crosses cultural boundaries. Each of her dances reflects her personal vision as an American immigrant and female artist deeply rooted in Asian culture. From this very personal perspective, she creates new works that reflect current issues with global influences. Some of his works have been developed in collaboration with renowned artists such as the Ahn Trio, Glen Velez, Joan La Barbara and members of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. Bridging the grace of Asian elegance and American vibrancy, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is a leading provider of innovative cultural experiences that reflect the inspiring hope and energy of the immigrant journey. The company’s groundbreaking works have focused on themes ranging from ancient legends that reflect the issues of the present day to purely abstract contemporary dances influenced by a mix of cultures that Nai-Ni Chen experienced in New York. An Asian American company that celebrates cross-cultural experience, the company’s productions naturally raise questions of identity, authenticity and equality. The company has presented in some of the most prestigious concert halls such as the Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center in New York and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Florida. The company performs annually at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Queens College, College of Staten Island and Ellis Island. Internationally, the company has performed at international festivals including Open Look Festival in Russia, Silesia International Contemporary Dance Festival, Konfrontations International Festival in Poland, Chang Mu International Dance Festival in Korea , the Meet in Beijing International Arts Festival in China and the Tamaulipas International Arts Festival in Mexico. Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has received over 20 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous Citations of Excellence and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. To advance dance education, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is currently in residence at the University of New Jersey City, pioneering a program with the university’s A Harry Moore Laboratory School, teaching dance to disabled children in cities. For more information about the company, visit their website, www.nainichen.org.

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