Sessions, meetings in schools, communities this week lead up to Feb. 2014 performance.

    The Minnesota State Arts Board Art's Learning Grant was awarded to CAAM Chinese Dance Theater to bring Chinese dance arts to Crookston and surrounding communities through collaboration with University of Minnesota Crookston.

    Teaching artists from CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, Ying Li, Malcom Peterson, and Lisa Veronneau will conduct a several month residency and classes in the Crookston community and beyond in preparation for a community performance with the Chinese Lantern Festival 2014.

    CAAM CDT and the University of Minnesota Crookston will bring Chinese dance to five area locations where students from all ages can participate. UMC has several ITV sites throughout the northwestern region and will be able to link school classrooms, laptops, and a dance studio together to learn these dances. The teachers will be in the area every other month to personally teach students as well.

    Beyond direct participation in classroom and after-school instruction, art learners will be able to demonstrate to their community, family and friends their new Chinese dance skills and knowledge of Chinese culture in a public performance, specifically created and choreographed for these students by the CAAM CDT teaching artists. The final performance will be on Feb. 22, 2014, at the U of M Crookston at 7 p.m.

    At the Ada and Fisher Schools on November 5 and Highland Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 6, there will be a demonstration and introduction to Chinese Dance for the students. An informational session in Thief River Falls will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Northland Community College in Thief River Falls. Later that evening another session will take place at the school in Viking, Minn., at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, an informational meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the UMC Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center, for the communities of Crookston, Fisher, Climax, and the Fertile Beltrami.

    For information, visit, to download the registration form or contact Rae French at 281-8339 or e-mail at