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FREE | Open to General Public | R.S.V.P. Required


The Museum of Chinese in America is proud to partner with Choreographer Jiemin Yang under MOCA’s Creative Space Grant Initiative to present a community dance workshop, inspired by AAPI food culture. In this open-level 90 minute dance workshop, participants will learn a simplified excerpt of Here We Root, choreographed by Jiemin Yang. This excerpt drew inspiration from food experience of AAPI communities. The workshop is aimed to encourage participants to express their identities through movements and celebrate AAPI culture.

This workshop welcomes participants of all experience levels. It will start with a warm up, followed by creative movement exercises, and eventually learning the combination and dance with rhythmic music. Participants are encouraged to wear clothing suitable for movement and bring a bottle of water.

*This dance workshop is recommended for participants 16 years of age and older. 

Dance photo credits: Naoto “Jerry” Sawaki
May 7, 2023
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

About Jiemin Yang

Jiemin is a Chinese-American dancer, choreographer, and graphic designer based in Queens. He holds a MA in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School and a BS from Macaulay Honors College at Queens College. He has performed and taught contemporary dance workshops in multiple cities in Europe, the UK, and the US. He has received commissions from the Queens Council on the Arts, City Artist Corps ’21, the Making Moves Dance Festival 2019 hosted by Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) and Emerging Choreographer Series ’17 hosted by Mare Nostrum Elements and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. He has also presented his works at Queens Botanical Garden, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, The Mark O’Donnell Theatre, Auditório do Parque da Devessa in Portugal. His dance film Wo/我 won awards from the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon ’22 and Queens World Film Festival ’22. He has been recognized as Artist of Exceptional Merit ’22 by Asian American Arts Alliance. He has been a resident artist of CUNY Dance Initiative ’20-22 at Queens College/Kupferberg Center for the Arts. (IG: @jiemin.art)

This project is a part of the What Can We Do? micro grant program, presented by Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) and is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Special thanks to Council Members Christopher Marte and Sandra Ung. The event space is generously offered by Flushing Town Hall (Special thanks to Daniel Bamba).