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Mesmerizing Nai-Ni Troupe To Dance at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate: Thursday, March 7, 2002

The Asian-American dance company formed by choreographer and dancer Nai-Ni Chen will bring its particular abstract and historic grace to the Maureen Stapleton Theatre stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at Hudson Valley Community College.

Based in Fort Lee, N.J. since its founding in 1988, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company works toward melding the freedom of American modern dance with the stoic discipline of the Chinese classical arts, with the resulting style often described as "unique" and "mesmerizing." There are some 30 dances by its founder in the troupe's repertory.

Born in Taiwan, Chen studied as a young teenager at Chinese Cultural University, receiving intensive training in Peking Opera, martial arts, music, ballet and modern dance. Later, she toured 26 countries with a company of Chinese cultural performers, and then joined the Cloud Gate Dance Company, in which she became featured principal. She came to the U.S. in 1982.

Chen is a resident artist at the Harlem School of the Arts and Principal Affiliate of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Her works have been commissioned by the Lincoln Center Institute, the Joyce Theater, Dancing in the Streets, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Admission to the Nai-Ni Dance performance is $15, or $8 for seniors and children under 14. Hudson Valley Community College students will be admitted free with their student ID. The performance is sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Office at the college.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.