Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
Founded in 1991 by Hwee-Eng Y. Lee, the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company educates and entertains audiences about Chinese history and culture through the art of Chinese dance. The company helped showcase Atlanta to the world as performers in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games and has presented eighteen original productions in Atlanta over the years, enchanting Chinese and non-Chinese audiences alike. For more than ten years ACDC presented the “Chinese Variation” in Atlanta Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” at The Fox Theatre.
Arts Disciplines: Dance
Core Content Curriculum Areas: Social Studies/History, Dance
Specialized Content Areas: World Cultures
Grade Levels: Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College and University, Adults, Seniors
Special Populations: ELL (English Language Learners), At-risk Students
Geographic Availability: Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, Middle Georgia, South Georgia
- Performances: Assembly Program with Two Artists in Metro Atlanta: $400 single, $650 two back-to-back (If outside metro Atlanta, please e-mail for fee structure)
- Workshop: $250 (for multiple sessions, please e-mail for fee structure)
Founded in 1991 by Hwee-Eng Y. Lee, the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company educates and entertains audiences about Chinese history and culture through the art of Chinese dance. The company helped showcase Atlanta to the world as performers in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games and have presented eighteen original productions in Atlanta over the years, enchanting Chinese and non-Chinese audiences alike. For more than ten years ACDC presented the “Chinese variation” in Atlanta Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” at The Fox Theatre.
Hwee-Eng Y. Lee (Narrator/Instructor), ACDC Founder and Co-Artistic Director, has been teaching traditional Chinese dance for 30+ years in metro Atlanta, where she currently trains 80+ dancers of all ages. Along with ACDC Co-Artistic Director Kerry Lee, she created an educational lecture-demonstration on Chinese dance, history, and culture that has been presented in numerous schools, universities, libraries, and senior centers throughout Georgia and surrounding states. Named “Lexus Leader of the Arts” in June 2001, Ms. Lee is the creator of four full-evening Chinese dance dramas and co-creator of the “Chinese Variation” in Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker (with artistic director John McFall). She holds a MA from Boston College.
Kerry Lee (Dancer), ACDC Co-Artistic Director, has performed in several educational lecture-demonstrations on Chinese dance, history, and culture in New York, including H.T. Chen & Dancers’ “Eight Strokes and the Moving Word,” the Orchestra of St. Luke’s “What is American Music? – The Asian Influence,” and Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s “The Art of Chinese Dance” and “Dragon’s Tale.” As a professional dancer, she has toured throughout the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands. Kerry was the only Chinese dancer among the finalists who received a ticket to the So You Think You Can Dance season 11 callbacks in Pasadena. She holds a BS from Stanford University.
- Atlanta Chinese Dance Company’s Educational Lecture-Demonstration (arts-in-education assembly program) is a visual feast of colorful Chinese ribbons, fans, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, and more, featuring live, costumed traditional Chinese dance performances interspersed with detailed historical and cultural background information as well as audience participation. It is a fun and memorable way to experience not only the beauty and splendor of the art of Chinese dance, but also China’s long history of over 5,000 years and diverse culture with 56 ethnic groups. This engaging and educational presentation inspires audiences to take pride in their own cultural heritage and to gain an understanding and appreciation of one of the fastest growing minority groups in the U.S.
- Grades: Pre-K through College
- Audience Limit: 300
- Duration: 45-60 minutes (flexible)
- Atlanta Chinese Dance Company’s Workshop explores the basics of Chinese ribbon and kung fu fan dancing. In addition to learning traditional dances, students will also have the opportunity to try their hand at improv.
- Grades: Kindergarten through College
- Audience Limit: 30
- Duration: 60 minutes