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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces Bridge Classes, September 12-14

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company announces the Bridge Virtual Dance Institute, groundbreaking dance experiences, free one-hour corporate classes on Zoom open to all intermediate to advanced level dancers on September 12-14, 2022. Dancers Interested parties can join the course by registering here:

The Bridge class program:

Monday, September 12, 2022 | Tina “Tino” Zoccoli-Mayers (Yoga) at 10 a.m.

Tino will be teaching their first yoga class with NNCDC, focusing on restorative practices to prevent and/or heal injuries for dancers and athletes. They will combine Vinyasa and Yin yoga – “Yin and Vin” – to stretch, condition and heal the aerobic anatomical system. He/she will help students prepare, simply, wherever they practice, a psycho-somatic space and body awareness for the return to gentle and prolonged calm with Yin yoga, invented by American yogis along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, incorporating Chinese medicine. If possible, please plan to bring: a yoga mat; blankets/towels; 2 yoga blocks (or: books, cans of soup); a yoga strap (or: fabric belt, towel) and any other soothing or healing object.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | Rio Kikuchi (Kinetic Spiral) at 10 a.m.

Tap into the creative energy of the universe with Kinetic Spiral. Nai-Ni Chen’s signature technique is based on the principle of the ever-changing universal forces of Yin and Yang to cultivate the dancer’s vital energy Chi (Qi) allowing the dancer to achieve higher performance with less effort. ‘effort. By focusing on breath and imagery, Kinetic Spiral also balances the spiritual, mental and physical energy of the dancer. The Kinetic Spiral technique forms the basis of Nai-Ni Chen’s cross-cultural movement style and embodies her efforts to work at the intersection of culture and race, advocating for equity with grace and power.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, dance company Nai-Ni Chen established a new dance institute via Zoom, The Bridge. The Institute’s goal is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors from around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are rooted in the community and focused on advancing the art dance that transforms personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces.

As a virtual dance institute, The Bridge will invite world-class dancers and choreographers as well as up-and-coming artists to teach classes. Advanced/intermediate level professional or pre-professional dancers looking to explore beyond their own boundaries and seeking new dance experiences are encouraged to participate. The core curriculum is based on Nai-Ni Chen’s Kinetic Spiral, which is a cross-cultural dance vocabulary that integrates Chinese martial arts philosophy in TaiChi with the contemporary dance practices she studied in America. Guest artists will cover a wide range of folk and classical dance styles.

In this difficult time of change and uncertainty, the arts are a source of healing and unity, we would like to encourage everyone to support dance as dance is essential medicine for society to recover from the pandemic which caused injury to our bodies and our hearts. Support for The Bridge can be sent via

About the artists:

First trained to teach aerobic and “flowing” Vinyasa yoga with New York-based Yoga to the People at their studios in San Francisco and Berkeley, Calif., Tina “Tino” Zoccoli-Mayers got her start in classical ballet. in Ridgewood, NJ and had his first job in Washington Ballet’s Studio Company 2004-5 in Washington, DC. Then, as an honorary student at Stanford University, California, they had the chance to meet the pioneer of West Coast postmodern dance, Anna Halprin, and then danced in her famous “Mountain Home Studio “outside, above the redwood forests of Marin County, California. Currently, Tino continues her transition into modern and postmodern dance, using writing, film and new genre studies to heal from chronic illness with art and dance therapies. They debuted their first original movement theater solo, “S/he, or S/hekinah” with Vangeline’s Queer Butoh 18 on the Lower East Side.

Rio Kikuchi was born in Tokyo, Japan. At the age of 3, Rio began ballet training at Studio Benus in Japan and later was introduced to tap and jazz. She took an intensive summer course at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC in 2015. She also studied ballet technique and point work privately with Luis Villanueva. In 2017 Rio moved to New York and was offered a scholarship to study at the School of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Additionally, she received a scholarship to the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Program in 2019. In 2018, she performed with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at New York City Center. A member of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Rio is also a certified Gyrokinesis instructor.

About Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company:

“Chen’s phrases, part exoskeletal rigidity, part boned grace, embodied epic dignity.” – The voice of the village

The choreographer/dancer, Nai-Ni Chen, was a unique artist whose work crosses cultural boundaries. Each of her dances reflects her personal vision as an American immigrant and female artist deeply rooted in Asian culture. From this very personal perspective, she creates new works that reflect current issues with global influences. Some of his works have been developed in collaboration with renowned artists such as the Ahn Trio, Glen Velez, Joan La Barbara and members of the New Asia Chamber Music Society.

Blending the grace of Asian elegance with American vibrancy, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is a leading provider of innovative cultural experiences that reflect the inspiring hope and energy of the immigrant journey. The company’s groundbreaking works have focused on themes ranging from ancient legends that reflect present-day issues to purely abstract contemporary dances influenced by a mix of cultures that Nai-Ni Chen experienced in New York. An Asian American company that celebrates cross-cultural experience, the company’s productions naturally raise questions of identity, authenticity and equality.

The company has presented in some of the most prestigious concert halls such as the Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center in New York and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Florida. The company performs annually at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Queens College, College of Staten Island and Ellis Island. Internationally, the company has performed at international festivals including Open Look Festival in Russia, Silesia International Contemporary Dance Festival, Konfrontations International Festival in Poland, Chang Mu International Dance Festival in Korea , the Meet in Beijing International Arts Festival in China and the Tamaulipas International Arts Festival in Mexico.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has received over 20 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous Citations of Excellence and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. To advance dance education, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is currently in residence at the University of New Jersey City, pioneering a program with the university’s A Harry Moore Laboratory School, who teaches dance to disabled children in cities. For more information about the company, visit their website,; write to Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, PO Box 1121, Fort Lee, NJ 07024; or call (800) 650-0246.