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ASIAN FUSION: An Evening with Yin Yue & Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville

  • Centennial Performing Arts Studios 211 27th Avenue North Nashville, TN, 37201 United States (map)

Join New Dialect and the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville for ASIAN FUSION, an intimate evening of contemporary dance works created by New Dialect guest choreographer, Yin Yue, and CAAN's founder and artistic director, Jen-Jen Lin. 

Raised in China and now choreographers based in the US, both Yin and Jen-Jen will speak to audiences about their traditional Chinese folk dance influences and how they each use the inspiration of their cultural heritage differently in the invention of modern and contemporary dances. Audience members will have the opportunity to see physical illustrations of these principles through performance excerpts by Yin, New Dialect, Jen-Jen, and CAAN. The showing will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.

WHEN: Friday, October 28, at 7:30 PM

WHERE: Centennial Performing Arts Studios


ASIAN FUSION is an ongoing series developed by Chinese Arts Alliance Nashville to promote Chinese culture and its influence on western modern and contemporary art forms. New Dialect is proud to collaborate with CAAN to introduce audiences to the creative processes of Yin Yue and Jen-Jen Lin, two distinct choreographers from different generations. We are grateful for the support of Kathryn Wilkening and Metro Parks and Recreation Dance Division for hosting this edition of ASIAN FUSION.

Photo: Anton Martynov

Photo: Anton Martynov


Yin Yue is a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she studied classical ballet technique, Chinese classical and folk dance at Shanghai Dance School, where she received rigorous training in all aspects of the technically demanding and highly structured Chinese dance. She continued her education at Shanghai Normal University and by the end of her university training she had appeared in many festivals and dance competitions throughout China. In 2005, she was ranked among the top ten performers in the National Dance Competition in Yunnan. Intent on further developing her artistic talents, Yin moved to New York City to pursue MFA in contemporary dance at New York University.

After graduating with a MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin Yue quickly started to gain attention as a highly original choreographer and performer among her peers. Yin created an innovative contemporary dance technique- FoCo (FolkContemporary) Technique that soon gained the attention of the dance world. The movement style of YYDC FoCo consists of five elements: earth, wood, water, metal and fire. Each element contributes to the quality of moving and its designated body parts. The technique trains dancers to create a grounded, circular, fluid and dynamic performance that is rhythmic and powerful, yet sensual and graceful. The main themes of Yin's work are emotional experience, contrasted movement dynamic and strong physicality in all their complexity. 

In 2016, Yin Yue received first place in Choreography in Shanghai Professional Dance Competition. She is also winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago International Commissioning Project 2015 and winner of 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship and winner of Northwest Dance Project 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Comeptition 2013 and received commissions from all three companies. She was slected as Emerging Choreographer of 2015 Springboard Danse Montreal, finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation. 

Her work has been recognized by organizations and festivals such as
Jacob's Pillow Dance Inside Out Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, DanceNOW[NYC] at Joe's Pub, Peridance Capezio Theater, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, La MaMa Moves International Festival and many more. 

For more information on Yin Yue and YYDC, visit


Jen-Jen Lin, founder and artistic director of Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN), is known for blending Chinese dance with modern dance skills and techniques creating innovative theatrical events.  Jen-Jen continuously explores ideas fusing elements from her Taiwanese-Chinese heritage and her American identity.  In 1982, she left Taiwan for Chicago to pursue a career in modern dance, a genre predominantly influenced by Western traditions such as jazz, tap and ballet. She taught dance at William & Mary College in Virginia and Trinity College in Connecticut, before moving to Nashville where she served as principal of the newly formed Nashville Chinese School and ultimately founded the Chinese Arts Alliance in 2002. Through dance productions such as Monkey King and Moon Goddess, which CAAN staged at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music, Jen-Jen has fused her passions for Chinese culture and modern dance into a medium that celebrates both China's tradition and its promise. 

Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN) is organized to promote the awareness, understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Chinese visual arts and performing arts by presenting fine Chinese visual arts, crafts, performing arts and culture to the public. CAAN, founded in 2002, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose activities include seminars, art exhibitions, classroom teaching, educational workshops, and public programs for children and adults. CAAN's mission is to bring Chinese performing arts and other fine Chinese arts to Nashville by developing and showcasing talents in Nashville, and to bring Chinese visual and performing artists to Nashville from around the nation and world. 

For more information on CAAN and Jen-Jen Lin, visit