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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Names New Leadership Team to Preserve, Carry On Founder's Legacy

Members of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company community were shaken last month when the company's founder, Nai-Ni Chen, died suddenly while on a family trip to Hawaii. An immigrant from Taiwan, she spent decades building a dance company that preserved and celebrated Asian and Chinese dance traditions while bringing in Western styles and contemporary directions. Founded in 1988, the Fort Lee, New Jersey-based dance company has performed around the U.S. and the world, including an annual Chinese New Year performance.

The dance company recently announced its new leadership team, who are determined to preserve and carry on Chen's legacy, and this Saturday (1/29 at 7 pm), A Tempo host Rachel Katz speaks with the team's members: Interim Artistic Director Greta Campo; Choreographer/Director of Traditional Dance and Preservation Ying Shi; Choreographer/Director of Contemporary/Creative Dance PeiJu Chien-Pott; and Andy Chiang, Chen's husband and executive director of the dance company.

This week's guests discuss how Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company dealt with the pandemic, and programming plans for this year's Chinese Lunar New Year celebration (which will be held virtually)

(Photos: Above - Nai-Ni Chen; Right top - Greta Campo; Right bottom - PeiJu Chien-Pott; Left bottom - Ying Shi)

Rachel Katz is the host of A Tempo which airs Saturdays at 7 pm.