202107 CAAMCDT 1By Beatrice Rothweiler, CAAM Chinese Dance Theater

  June 13, a warm summer day, marked a new chapter for CAAM Chinese Dance Theater as more than 50 dancers performed at Hopkins Center for the Arts for an enthusiastic live audience -- the first time in almost 18 months.  “Bright Spring, Dazzling Dance” captured the hearts of these Chinese dance lovers, of all age groups in the theater and, virtually, from as far as Asia even, with a resplendent display of performances.

Featuring original choreography by Artistic Director Jinyu Zhou, who is among the highest-ranking choreographers in China and formerly with world renown Zhejiang Song and Dance Theater in Hangzhou, many dances expressed classic themes, music and stories interpreted for this modern audience. CAAM Chinese Dance Theater embraced the day as a variety of new and seasoned dancers, including those who recently captured Taoli awards from China, including a top Platinum award, danced across the stage.

Erica Lee, transplant from Singapore with a theater and dance background and performing with CAAM Chinese Dance Theater for first time, said “What amazing enthusiasm from dancers, audience and the community.  I will treasure always this positive experience coming out of COVID.”  Kaimay Yuen Terry, long time CAAM Chinese Dance Theater supporter, brought her new granddaughter.  “We loved it! Thank you so much for bringing us back into the theater!”  Others strongly agree.

Free performances continue all summer including Fairview Family Festival on June 20, Minnesota Fringe’s “Beyond the Box” on July 10 and 17, and many more coming.  Schedule and updates are listed on CAAM Chinese Dance Theater’s website at www.caamcdt.org and on its Facebook page at CDTCAAM. 




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Summer performance schedule



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