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Nai-Ni Chen presents Superheroes: Disabled Students and Professionals share the Stage, May 2

by Michelle Tabnick
April 18, 2019
Margaret Williams Theatre at NJCU
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597
Nai-Ni Chen presents Superheroes
Disabled Students and Professionals share the Stage at
New Jersey City University (NJCU)

Featuring Students of the A Harry Moore School
May 2, 2019 10 AM at the Margaret Williams Theatre of NJCU
2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is proud to announce its 4th season in residence at the New Jersey City University. The showcase features students from our A Harry Moore School Residency, as well as, students from our ballet and modern classes at NJCU. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance company will also demonstrate professional work. This is a rare opportunity to see the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in a free concert for the public.

About Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
NAI-NI CHEN established her company in 1988 and has since grown to be one of the most widely toured and presented Asian American dance companies in the United States, with 18 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, 8 tours abroad and over 30 national tours, reaching 40 states in America. Her works have been commissioned by the Joyce Theatre Foundation, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the New Jersey Ballet, Ballet Met and Dancing Wheels. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is currently in residence at the New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ. Well known for her collaboration with renowned composers for original music such as Tan Dun, Jason Kao Hwang, Joan La Barbara, Kenji Bunch and Glen Velez, Nai-Ni Chen started the CrossCurrent series at Flushing Town Hall in 2013 focusing on collaborative works with artists from around the world.

Bridging the grace of Asian elegance and American dynamism, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is a premier provider of innovative cultural experiences that reflect the inspiring hope and energy of the immigrant's journey. The company's ground-breaking works celebrate the cross-cultural experience. Its productions naturally bring forth issues of identity, authenticity, and equality. In performance, the company's graceful and athletic dancers carries the audience across time and cultural boundaries to a new place where tradition meets innovation and form unite with spirit. Each dance reflects Nai-Ni Chen's personal vision as an American artist with deep roots in the Asian culture, developing extraordinary choreography influenced by cultures around the world,  The company's powerful and elegant productions have been presented at some of the most prestigious concert halls in America, eight international tours spanning the globe as well as appearing on a number of television specials on PBS , ABC, CBS, and WNYC. 

Programs of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Turrell Fund, E.J. Grassman Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Cultural Ministry of the People's Republic of China,  the Live Music for Dance Program of New Music USA, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Rapid Response Program of American Dance Abroad, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' Cultural Exchange Fund, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PSEG, Proskauer, WAC Lighting, and the Glow Foundation.  More information about the Company can be found at www.nainichen.org or email: info@nainichen.org

A Harry Moore Laboratory School

The A. Harry Moore Laboratory School was opened in 1931 and offers comprehensive academic, therapeutic, pre-vocational and social programs for approximately 140 students between the ages of three and twenty-one. The students are classified as Preschool Disabled, Learning and Language Disabled, and Multiply Disabled. The A. Harry Moore Laboratory School is operated under the direction of the College of Education of New Jersey City University. Our Laboratory School status within the NJCU community facilitates student participation in many cultural and educational activities. The school's unique history as a demonstration school has allowed us to develop expertise in serving students with multiple physical, medical and cognitive disabilities. 

The Child Study Team of the local school district refers students to A. Harry Moore. An intake interview is held to assure that each student's needs and the Individualized Education Program (IEP) can be addressed.
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