Pan America Chinese Dance Alliance Announces 7th Annual Taoli World Dance Competition


The Pan American Chinese Dance Association (PACDA), an association of more than 100 community dance groups across the United States and Europe, and the organizer of the world-renowned Taoli World Dance Competition of Chinese Dance headquartered in in Irvine, CA, announces the Pan America Multicultural Dance Gala will be held at Claire Trevor Theater at Barclay, UC Irvine Building #711, 400 Mesa Road, Irvine, CA on July 29, 2022, 1-6 p.m. PT.

The competition is free and open to the public. Candidates will have to pay a fee. There will be in-person competitors from across the United States and Canada, as well as virtual competitors from China, Japan and Singapore. Additionally, there will be a series of conference events leading up to the 7th Annual Taoli World Dance Competition, marking the first year back to master classes and in-person competition following the onset of the pandemic. Additionally, there will be virtual events and contests being held simultaneously. Highlights include: the first international conference for Chinese dance teachers, students and parents; an in-person and virtual contest; an awards ceremony; master classes; and a dance gala on July 31, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. PT. Tickets for the gala are free and available through Barclay’s box office.

The masterclass series will take place in person July 30-31, 2022 at the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center, 10 Truman St, Irvine, CA. Specially invited dance industry teachers and professors will provide on-site guidance, commentary and analysis and share professional opinions. This year, PACDA welcomes world renowned dancer Peiju Chien-Pott to the conference. Hailed by Brooklyn Rail as one of the greatest living modern dancers, former principal dancer of Martha Graham Dance Company, Faculty of Alvin Aley dance, and the contemporary dance director of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Ms. Chien-Pott, will lead a master class in Martha Graham Technical. Senior member Rio Kikuchi of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will also offer a masterclass in Nai-Ni Chen’s signature technique, Kinetic Spiral. Instructors will help dancers objectively and correctly recognize their own strengths and weaknesses, and further improve on the path to learning to dance. Classes offered include classical dance, Chinese folk dance, modern and contemporary dance. Places are limited, so register quickly

Chinese Folk Dance Master Class

Taught by Shin Yue Wang

July 30, 2022 | 9am-12pm

Tuition Fees: National Fishing Applicants $100; audience $120

Age: 12+ and 2+ years of dance

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Please bring Mongolian dance costumes, the program will be performed at the Pan American Multicultural Dance Festival on July 31, 2022

Classical dance master class

Taught by Erdong HU with assistant teachers Ying She and Xue Han

July 30, 2022 | 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuition Fees: National Fishing Applicants $100; audience $120

Age: 12+ and two or more dance years

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Modern and contemporary dance master class

July 31, 2022 | 9am-12pm

Taught by Peiju Chien-Pott and Rio Kikuchi of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Tuition Fees: National Fishing Applicants $100; audience $120

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In 2022, PACDA is also in mourning for one of its most beloved judges and panelists, who touched the lives of many young dancers during her lifetime, Ms. Nai-Ni Chen, who led the professional dance company most respected American Chinese in the United States and has toured its work around the world in its 34-year history. Ms. Chen has been recognized nationally and internationally for her achievements in choreography. Her work not only celebrates the grace of Chinese culture, but also brings the dynamic power of modern and contemporary dance choreography to the world of dance in America. After her passing, three artists took over the artistic direction of the company, and the company continues Ms. Chen’s vision of empowering the next generation.

To celebrate the life of Nai-Ni Chen, this year’s event will feature the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performing one of Ms. Chen’s signature dances, The Way of Fire, with music by Tan Dun, performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Glen Velez. Director of New and Contemporary Dance of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company – the world-renowned dancer/choreographer and former principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Peiju Chien-Pott – will offer a Martha Graham technical workshop. Rio Kikuchi, lead member of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, will offer a Kinetic Spiral Workshop, a dance training that integrates Chinese dance, martial arts, ballet and contemporary dance in a unique Chinese-American style.


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