The Heart of Dance, The Soul of China

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]CAAM Chinese Dance Theater (CDT) is a non-profit performing arts and dance academy dedicated to preserving and celebrating Chinese cultural heritage. Every year we connect more than 10,000 audience members and nearly 200 dancers to the heart of dance and the soul of China. Please join us for our annual Lunar New Year’s Production, summer camp, a workshop or residency, school outreach, Spring Recital, or community performance!

2023 Summer Class Schedule

Register Here – Current Class Schedule


July 31  – August 4  $300 9am to 5pm in Shoreview, 4880 Hodgson Rd

2023 Summer Camp Minnetonka – Registration Now Available

June 12  – June 16 and July 24 – July 28 $429 each session in 584 Vine Hill Rd, Excelsior, MN, 55331







CAAM CDT is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization supported by the generous contributions of foundations, businesses and corporations, and individual contributors. Founded in 1992, we are the oldest and largest Chinese Dance company in the Midwest. CAAM CDT has enjoyed remarkably stable leadership since its inception and currently serves under artistic direction of Jinyu Zhou, a world-renown choreographer and teacher. Recently selected as “Best Dance Studio” for 2018, more than 160 students are enrolled in dance classes at our Saint Paul and Richfield campuses. Our youngest dancer ever was 18 months old, and our oldest dancer is 65 years old! Curiosity and interest in this captivating dance form are the only prerequisites for taking one of our classes. Prior dance experience is not required, and one does not need to speak Chinese.

In addition to traditional year-round dance instruction, CAAM CDT offers two award-winning summer camp programs, customizable workshops and residencies, and interactive educational programs. We are proud to have been named “Best Summer Camp” for 2018. Our annual Lunar New Year’s production at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium is the highlight of the Lunar New Year in Minnesota. CAAM CDT also performs year-round at various festivals and events. We are available for private bookings. CAAM CDT is a division of the Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM), which in turn is the oldest and largest Chinese American community organization in Minnesota.

Chinese Dance:
Chinese dance draws from more than 56 diverse ethnic groups, traditional Chinese opera, martial arts and ballet. While challenging to master, Chinese Dance is also great fun! Think of it as ballet, modern dance, rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts, acrobatics, and more, all rolled into one. The costumes are usually very colorful, and many dances use props, such as fans, swords, ribbons, long sleeves, umbrellas, and hats. There are two broad categories of Chinese Dance: Ethnic/Folk and Classical/Traditional. CAAM CDT teaches both.

Our Mission:
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater is dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and sharing our Chinese cultural heritage and enriching the cultural life of all Minnesotans through the universal language of dance.

In this spirit, CAAM CDT is pleased to offer free and low-cost performances throughout the year. In order to receive the most up-to-date information about upcoming performances and events, please like us on Facebook by clicking

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