CAAM Chinese Dance Theater performed "China the Beautiful: from the mountains to the prairies" at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium of St. Catherine University this weekend. These photos are taken from the January 21 dress rehearsal. Tomorrow is the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. CAAM is based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.
A Kazakh-themed harvest dance:
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater performers act out a Mongolian festival:
Young dancers wear the attire of Mongolian herdsman:
"Charming Mulberry Blossoms," a Tibetan dance:
"Love Song of Kangding," another Tibetan-themed dance. Kangding is a city in Sichuan province. The population of western Sichuan is primarily Tibetan.
Some of CAAM Chinese Dance Theater's youngest dancers:
An Inner Mongolia-themed dance:
The night's closing dance welcomes in the Year of the Dragon:
CAAM stands for Chinese American Associaton of Minnesota. A blurb from the Chinese CAAM Dance Theater website: "Since 1992, CAAM Chinese Dance Theater has served families and delighted audiences with some of the best locally-produced Chinese dance in the country. We are a community-based organization under the artistic direction of a world-renowned choreographer and teacher. A division of Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM), the oldest, largest Chinese American community organization in Minnesota, we perform for over 15,000 live audience members annually. In running a dance school, presenting annual concerts, and performing outreach programs, we have become the largest Chinese dance organization in the Midwest."
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