Our mission in The Academy of Chinese Performing Arts is to establish a strong foundation of artistry and creativity that is representative of China. The founder and artistic director, Mr. David Chen started the Academy from the David Chen Dance Studio. The academy was founded in 1995 after many years of effort and experience.
In the past nine years, the Academy has adapted many teaching and performing ways of Chinese dances to oversea students. As a result, the Academy has gained much valuable experience in teaching carefully chosen cultural dances while also creating new pieces.
Due to the earnest effort and perseverance of our instructors, we have made great improvement. Many of the American-born students have begun to appreciate Chinese dances, and especially Chinese culture. Our students in the Academy are taught by professional teachers using correct interpretation of various ethnic and classical dances. The Academy has performed in various venues in the community. We have performed more than three hundred dances; almost one hundred of them were created and choreographed by our instructors. During the Spring Festival (Chinese new year), our students perform pieces of our work in local school districts, presenting Chinese dances and culture to thousands of viewers, thus facilitating cultural exchange and mutual understanding. The Academy also encourages students to participate in public events, including art performances and competitions. Our students contribute greatly to the cultural activities of the community, and at the same time they have gained invaluable experiences in the aspect of performing arts. Two years ago, ACPA was involved in the prestigious artistic collaboration project between the City of Fremont and the Trade Mission as part of the Cultural Exchange program to visit various Asian cities such as Taipei, Hsinchu, Beijing, Tianjin, and Shanghai with great success. This year, we were invited to participate in the Northern California International Teen Festival, in which our students will put on an exclusive performance to express our Chinese culture. These dance instruction and public performance programs help to establish and develop Chinese dance overseas.
The Academy has two campuses: on in Fremont and one in Cupertino. We now have almost five hundred students and ten professional instructors. We also offer art, music, and drama classes on both campuses. Through our continuous experimentation, our academy is steadily growing and improving.
The Academy is planning to bring the large-scale classic children’s dance and music drama “Ma Lan Flower” to the American public. We have been planning and writing a script for many years to produce one that best fits our audiences. Next year is the ten-year anniversary of ACPA. In the light of this important milestone, we are trying our best to put the classical drama, “Ma Lan Flower”, on stage.