NEW BRUNSWICK – The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Folklife Program for New Jersey will present a traditional Chinese folk dance program with dancers from King’s Academy of Dance Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 at Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.
Dancers from King’s Academy of Dance Arts will perform works in the Chinese folk tradition along with several dances of other ethnic communities found in various regions of China. Among those are the ritualistic dances of Mongolian nomads who live in pastoral regions of the North, agricultural dances which reflect the farming traditions of a small Korean community found in the Northeast and folk dances of Tibetans which reflect their ancient spiritual customs.
King’s Academy of Dance Arts, founded by master artist, Diana King, is an institution where Chinese cultural practices, particularly dance and music, are passed on to younger generations of children of Chinese ancestry in New Jersey. King is a graduate of the Beijing Dance Academy, one of the most prestigious cultural dance schools in China. In her tenth year of teaching, she has seen her dreams of passing on the distinctive dance traditions of China to younger generations come to fruition. She and her students have won numerous awards in both, domestic and international folk dance competitions. Her students also perform at community centers, schools, churches, libraries and colleges throughout the tri-state area.
Hong yan Wu is a community leader who has spent countless hours researching and documenting Chinese cultural traditions practiced outside of China. His focus in this fieldwork endeavor has been in the state which he now calls home, New Jersey. He is the President of the Beijing Alliance of New Jersey, an 800-member affiliate whose goal is to further cultural exchange amongst those who not only have a shared interest in the culture of Beijing, but, all other aspects of cultural traditions found throughout China.
For more information and to register for this free Folklife program, call 1-732-745-4489 to reserve a seat as space is limited. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 1-732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. Crossroads Theatre is ADA compliant and Assistive Listening services will be available. Parking is in the nearby vicinity – a map of parking locations is available from the commission and will be mailed upon request.
This program is funded in part by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Crossroads Theatre has been made available through the generosity of Johnson & Johnson, Inc. and the New Brunswick Cultural Center.
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