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Updated photos from Rainbow Series 17 - Descendants of Dragon-2 -- July 2013
Dance: Forced Marriage (the Young Master and the Matchmaker)
Dance: Forced Marriage (the Bear terrifying the wedding guests)
Dance: Spring in Dai Village picture 1
Dance: Spring in Dai Village picture 2
Dance: Yunnan Flower Lantern picture 1
Dance: Yunnan Flower Lantern picture 2
Dance: Yunnan Flower Lantern picture 3
Dance: Zanha (Dai Maidens Dance) picture 1
Dance: Zanha (Dai Maidens Dance) picture 2
Dance: Descendants of Dragon
Event:: Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater: Rainbow Series 17 - Descendants of Dragon-2
When: Sunday, March 24, 2013, 2:00 pm
Where: Brady Educational Center, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN
Ticket: $10, VIP $50
Contact: Phone: (651) 698-6775, (952) 221-3768; Email: y9liu@stthomas.edu

June 9, 2012

What: MCDT 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert
When: Saturday 6/9/2012, 7:30 pm
Where: O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, University of St. Catherine
Ticket: $18 at door ($15 advance purchase, students, seniors, groups)
Sponsored by: Minnesota State Arts Board, General Mills and University of St. Thomas

April 18, 2011

Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater will present its 15th Rainbow Series on Saturday, 4/23/2011, at 7:30pm at Brady Educational Center of University of St.Thomas, featuring 56 Flowers Blossom, a showcase of costumes from the 56 distinct ethnic groups of China.

What: MCDT Rainbow Series 15 Concert, 56 Flowers Blossom
When: Saturday 4/23, 7:30pm
Where: University of St. Thomas Brady Educational Center
Ticket: Advance purchase $8 (651.698.6775), $10 at the door

January 10, 2011

Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater (MCDT) proudly presents its 14th Rainbow Series, Sound of Life, featuring dances from Tibet, Dunhuang, Xinjiang, and southwest China, and songs by popular local Minnesotan vocalists, Ms. Xu Qian and Mr. Li Lei. Sound of Life tells the story of MCDT members finding happiness and new identities as they transition from China to Minnesota.

Special Singer: Lu Gang is a tenor solo of China Broadcasting Chorus. He graduated from Wuhan Conservatory of Music. Mr. Lu is a top notch tenor in China. He has performed tenor solo roles in many important concerts. His performing style is widely appreciated by young audience in China. He is also known as the Little Liu Huan, a legendary pop star in China. For more information, please click here

14th Rainbow Series: SOUND OF LIFE
Time: Sun., Jan. 30, 2011, at 2pm
Tickets: $12, $10 ($2 off advance purchase)
Location: Educational Center Auditorium. University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN.   Additional Information

MCDT proudly presents one of the most famous Choirs in China, China Broadcast Choir (CBC), will be performing in the Twin Cities on Oct. 10, 2010 in Fitzgerald Theater at 7 p.m. They have performed with the Three Tenants in 2006 and participated in the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies in 2008. This is their first appearance in the midwest, with the famous vocalist Li Shuan Jian. Please check back for ticket information in September!

Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater (MCDT) was founded by Tianjiang Cui, a well-known professional dance choreographer and educator in 1992. It is a non-profit art organization registered in the state of Minnesota. Its purpose is to keep tradition culture, promote cultural diversity, engage in cultural exchanges, and serve the local communities.

Since its founding, MCDT has formulated a rigorous dance program, and its dancers have gone through strict training.  For the past 16 years, MCDT has made more than 150 performances and dance concerts.   The excellent skill and techniques of the dancers and the uniqueness of the dance style have left the audience with deep impression.   MCDT has received excellent comments from both audience and news media.

In 1997, Tianjiang Cui, its artistic director, introduced the “Rainbow Series Dance”. By 2009, we have had 13 year of Rainbow Series Dance Concerts, which runs as follows:

·       1997: Minghua Dance
·       1998: Drum Dance
·       1999: Classic Dance
·       2000: Descendents of Dragon
·       2001: All in Colors
·       2002: Huaxia (China) Classic
·       2003: Ode to MingHua
·       2004: Green Leaves
·       2005: Far Away Stream
·       2006: New Silk Road
·       2007: Mississippi and Yellow River
·       2008: The Great River
·       2009: North of River, South of River
·       2011: Sound of Life

In 2009, we have performed at opening ceremony of Tianjin International Youth & Children's Culture & Art Festival, which is invitation only event and is among the highest honors any youth or school in the world can earn.

·       2009: Tianjin International Youth Culture Festival

We have successively invited 18 Chinese dance artists for cultural exchanges, which include Professor Zhu Ping, a well-known educator and Associate Dean, Shanghai Dance School; Professor Chi Fuzi, Korean dance expert; Hongsheng Li, a well-known tenor and gold award winner from Metropolitan Opera House in New York, and movie star Zhang Zihua. In the meantime, we have sent groups of American friends, who love Chinese culture, to China, to participate performance and competition, such as we took paper in the Gold lotus International Dance Tournament in Yunnan in April 2002, and won Performer’s award, and Director’s Award. We also participated in the Yang Zhou International Art Festival in October 2003, and won 3rd award.  Tianjiang Cui, was honored to be invited to the Conference of the China Culture Promotion Association as a representative, and was elected as its Board Director at the recommendation of the Chinese Embassy and the imitation of the Chinese Culture Minister Gao Zhenxian.

In October 2004, the China Central Television “Dance World” sent a group of 5 people to interview and visit MCDT for 10 days. The interview was made into special program, which has been aired in China through CCTV Channel 3 ‘Dance World” Program on February 26, 27, and March 5, 6 for 6 times. On May 10, CCTV Channel 4 rebroadcast the interview for 3 times to China and overseas audience. In January, March, and May. This program was again broadcasted to North America through Satellite and to Minnesota by TPT117.

Those currently studying Chinese dance at MCDT, in addition to the Chinese, are white, black, Hmong, Malaysian, etc. forming a Chinese dance group on the basis of Chinese dance arts. Although MCDT dancers come from different parts of the world, they have a common objective—to engage in and promote Chinese dance art..

For more than 16 years, MCDT has persisted in promoting Chinese culture and dance, building a rainbow bridge between East and Western Culture. MCDT has contributed to the development of Chinese culture in overseas and made good impression among the Chinese and Americans in the US. It has helped with cultural exchanges between US and China, and strengthened the friendship between the Chinese and American people.

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