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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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