So why ‘Gin’?


That’s in almost everyone’s mind…  No, it’s not the drink…  The founder and artistic director Shu-Chen’s real translation for her name is Shu-Gin… In 1994, she immigrated to the U.S. to pursue her dance dreams.  There was a little mistake in her paper work… Just a little one… translating her name incorrectly… At the time, in a new country with poor language skills, Shu-Chen didn’t want to go through any trouble to correct it.  As time went by, she started to like how her new American friends pronounced her name.  So she decided to keep the name “Shu-Chen”.  When forming her Dance Company, Shu-Chen decided it was time to bring “Gin” back into her life.

The name “Gin” 真 was given by her Father.  It means “real”, “truthful”, and “sincere” … These have been driving principals in her life.  Her Father instilled in her the belief that anything and everything is possible.  She created Gin Dance Company as a testament to her Father’s teachings.  At Gin Dance Company, Shu-Chen is using her passion and love of dance to create a well rounded, wide ranging performing arts company that conveys to audiences and dancers alike, that anything and everything is possible.


Gin Dance Company (GDC) is a highly respected and critically acclaimed Metropolitan DC/Northern VA based performing arts modern dance company.  GDC was founded in 2011 to provide a professional environment for artists to learn, grow, and express themselves and to bring refreshing and vitalizing works of Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff to the community. Each of GDC’s works uniquely reflects Shu-Chen’s rich Asian Dance heritage and Eastern philosophy blended with Western fluidity of movement and culture that touch the soul through visuals arts and movement. GDC’s works have been recognized and named finalists at the Dance Metro DC Awards in the categories of Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Individual Performer. GDC has also been selected and invited to several prestigious events and performances reaching out to thousands of people including presenting our ‘Deep eMotion’ production at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The 30th Annual DC Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Lincoln Theatre, The Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relation between China and the United states at the Embassy of The People’s Republic of China, DUMBO Dance Festival at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center and SoloDuo Dance Festival at the Dixon Place in New York, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, VelocityDC Dance Festival at the Sidney Harman Hall, ‘Yes! Dance Invitational’ at the Dogtown Dance Theatre in Richmond, Taiwan Night Concert at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Professional Touring Artists Series at the Reston CenterStage, and the Reston Multicultural Festival, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.
We are guided by the philosophy that by spreading the amazing art form of dance, we are building a stronger and closer community. Applying that in practice, GDC has performed and supported many great charitable causes through our Outreach Performance Program including the American Diabetes Association, Child Rescue Center, Benefit Habitat for Humanity, The Angel Fund’s Remembrance Cabaret, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Catholic Charities U.S.A. Hurricane Relief, Life After Domestic Violence, Benefit Concert for Wounded Warriors and many others.
Our mission is both to provide a professional environment for artists to learn, grow, and express themselves and to bring refreshing and vitalizing works to the community. Each of Shu-Chen’s works uniquely reflects her rich Asian Dance heritage and Eastern philosophy blended with Western fluidity of movement and culture. We are guided by the philosophy that by spreading the amazing art form of dance, we build a stronger and closer community ~ Enriching lives through Dance.
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