David Z. Chen, a director of musical and dancing operas and also a specialist instructor of Chinese ethnic dancing established The Academy of Chinese Performing Arts in 1995. Previously, it was called the “Dance Production Studio”. In the United States up to the present, David Z. Chen has spent over twenty years teaching theater and Chinese dancing while concurrently introducing Chinese performing arts to mainstream American audience with a notable success record:
1. Creating, directing, and producing over sixty Chinese dances and high quality cultural programs to the American public through various venues and media. These programs made contributions and provided resources material for the American cultural and performing arts community.
2. Training thousands of Chinese American students in the art of Chinese ethnic dancing and Chinese theatrical productions. In the course of these programs, nurturing and honing the skills of hundreds of talented American and Chinese artists in various universities, civic organizations, and performing arts organizations. These activities were major contributions toward multi-cultural promotion and the performing arts community.
3. Successfully editing, organizing, and producing the contemporary Chinese fairy tale “Malan Flower” into a major song and dance stage production. The on-going work of revising and improving the production has promoted and popularize traditional children’s classics and other “Stories of China” over the last twenty years.
In performances, the use of advance information science and communication technology to lead and guide digitalization, systemization, and evaluation of subtle changes, modifications and enhancements which improves the skill and appeal of the artist. In performing arts education, the use of the same methods to improve the theories and practices of instructors in teaching bodily movements and staging performances.
Over the years, in light of the above achievements, David Z. Chen has been recognized and acknowledged by the President of the United States, the Governor of California, and numerous local officials and civic agencies. The People’s Republic of China - Ministry of Culture also recognize the Academy of Chinese Performing Arts as one the four “most” school. That it is one of the most high criteria, most comprehensive, most authoritative, and most influential Chinese performing arts school outside of China. In digitalization and systematization of teaching and staging performances, the school has also been recognized by experts at the International Cooperative Technology Association as a“Hope Project” for creative cultural enterprises.
⒉ 训练了几千华裔子弟学习民族舞蹈、戏剧等才艺；培养出几茬上百个优秀的艺术人才 ，在美国的艺术团体、大学、社区，为发扬民族文化作贡献。