(FORT LEE, NJ) – Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company 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 discover the master teachers of color whose practices are rooted in the community and focus on advancing the art of dance that transforms personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces.
Interested dancers can join the class by registering on Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s website.
As a virtual dance institute, The Bridge will invite world-renowned dancers, choreographers and emerging artists to come and teach the class. Professional or pre-professional advanced / intermediate level dancers looking to explore beyond their own limits and in search of new dance experiences are encouraged to participate.
The core curriculum is based on Nai-Ni Chen’s Kinetic Spiral, an intercultural dance vocabulary that integrates the philosophy of Chinese martial arts 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 an essential medicine for society to recover from the pandemic which caused injury to our bodies and hearts. Support for The Bridge can be done online.
The Bridge Class schedule is as follows for Week of 04/26/2021
Monday Seyong Kim (Ballet)
Tuesday Yuka Notsuka (Kinetic Spiral) at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday Nai-Ni Chen (kinetic spiral) at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday Barkha Patel (contemporary Indian dance) at 11:00 am
Friday Greta Campo (kinetic spiral) at 11:00 a.m.
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 introduced to the work of Martha Graham. She performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company during their 2012 season in New York City and later on their international tour. Greta is the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star Award from the Fini Dance Festival.
Seyong Kim, Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University, holds an MA in Dance Education from NYU. He is a Certified Movement Analyst, Registered Somatic Movement Educator, and Certified ABT® Teacher. He has taught at Rutgers University, Kent State University, Randolph College, Peridance, and the Charlottesville Ballet. He has worked professionally with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Albania National Ballet Theater, Baltimore Ballet, Neglia Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Traverse City Dance Project, TAKE Dance and Landestheater Coburg Germany.
Yuka Notsuka was born in Fukuoka, Japan, is a member of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. She began her ballet training in her hometown at the age of four. She later expanded her training to include Jazz and Tap. Yuka later moved to New York to pursue her dancing career. In 2015, she entered Ailey School as a scholarship student. She performed in the Ailey Spirit Gala Concert at Lincoln Center, choreographed by Tracy Inman (Co-Director, The Ailey School) and Robert Battle (Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater). Yuka joined the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in 2017. She also trained and was a teaching assistant at the Luigi Jazz Dance Center under the direction of Francis J. Roach.
Barkha patel is an Indian classical Kathak dancer, choreographer and educator. As an advocate of Kathak dance, Barkha believes in sharing stories through abhinaya, deep facial expressions and nritta, a traditional and innovative movement. Recently, Barkha completed her choreographic fellowship with Jersey Moves and received the prestigious New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreographic Fellowship. As an educator, Barkha runs dance classes and masterclasses in New York and New Jersey.
Hailed as a spiritual choreographer by Dance Magazine and recipient of several choreographic grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Nai-Ni Chen has been creating dances professionally for over thirty years in the United States. She has built a diverse repertoire of over 80 original works and has toured to major venues in the United States and to international contemporary dance festivals in 12 countries. She will teach her signature KINETIC SPIRAL technique which is a blend of the dynamic and ever-changing spirit of contemporary dance and the grace and splendor of Asian artistic traditions.
A flower of color, energy and movement, “like infinitely proliferating forces of cosmic energy,” the New York Times reported.
About the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Combining the dynamic freedom of modern American dance with the elegant splendor of Asian art, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is one of the most visible Asian American dance companies in the United States. Ms. Chen’s unique choreography transports audiences across cultural boundaries to the common ground between tradition and innovation, discipline and freedom, and form and spirit.
Since its inception in 1988, the company has gained a broad base of public support and has toured extensively to major performing arts centers in over thirty states. Presented by some of the most prestigious concert halls in the United States, from the Joyce Theater in New York to the Ordway Center in Minnesota and the Cerritos Center in California, the company has hosted more than twenty national tours and nine overseas tours. . Ms. Chen’s work has been featured by acclaimed international festivals such as the Silesian International Contemporary Dance Festival and Konfrontations International Dance Festival, both in Poland, the Chang Mu International Arts Festival in Korea, and the Meet in Beijing International. Arts Festival. The company was also honored with a separate grant from the Presidential Committee for the Arts and Humanities and the State Department to represent the United States in a seven-city tour hosted by the Tamaulipas International Festival of the Arts in Mexico. In addition, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has the unique honor of receiving more than fifteen National Endowment for the Arts Awards and numerous Citation of Excellence and Grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
In addition to its long touring and performing season, the company has developed arts in education residency programs in school districts to integrate culture and the arts into educational settings. His colorful and engaging school-based assemblage program “The Art of Chinese Dance” has been featured in hundreds of schools in New Jersey, New York, CT, and the Palestinian Authority, reaching hundreds. thousands of young people. The company is currently in residence at New Jersey City University and is assisting the NJCU in the development of a new BFA in dance.