CAAM Chinese Dance Theater performed at UMC Saturday.

The Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM) Chinese Dance Theater (CDT) performed for a full house in Kiehle Auditorium at University of Minnesota, Crookston Saturday evening, following a Lunar New Year dinner servcd in Bede Ballroom. Chinese dance incorporates a variety of forms and styles of movement derived from 53 diverse ethnic groups’ traditions. Chinese dance involves not just unique Chinese dance sequences and movements but also the cultural and historical basis of the dances.

A division of CAAM, the oldest, largest Chinese American community organization in Minnesota, CDT performs before 15,000 live audience members every year. With a dance school, annual concerts,  outreach performances, residency and workshop program CDT is the largest Chinese dance organization in the Midwest.

The performance was made possible by the University of Minnesota’s Confucius Institute; U of M, Crookston Concerts & Lectures; and in part, by a grant provided by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

See accompanying photo gallery for more pictures from the performance.