Audition for Gin Dance Company!

Gin Dance Company is seeking male and female dancers with a strong background in ballet and modern technique along with performance experience and a great passion and eagerness to grow. The audition is by invitation only. If interested, please send your resume, dance photos, and a dance video if it’s available to info@gindance.com

Gin Dance Company (GDC) is a 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 ‘Perfect 10 +’ at the Capital One Hall, ‘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. www.gindance.org 
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Celebrating 50th Pandaversary at the Smithsonian National Zoo!

We were thrilled to perform for The Smithsonian National Zoo’s Pandaversary in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first two adorable pandas’ arrival in DC on April 16, at 11:00 am and 1:40 pm. We also got to share the stage with talented musicians Huai-En Tsai and Shu-Ting Yao. They performed a series of beautiful duo music. We performed “The Golden Time” choreographed by Shu-Chen Cuff, an Asian/culturally influenced work combining Chinese Opera movements and modern dance in exploring the golden time of Shanghai in the 1920s and the role women played during that era in China. It was such a fun day. Many people came to the zoo and many animals came out to enjoy this gorgeous weather! It was so great seeing some of our family and friends at our performance at the Smithsonian National Zoo this past Saturday! We are so happy and so grateful ❤️ Big thanks to JJ&T Entertainment and Dan Pierron and his team at the zoo for such a wonderful and fun experience.

Here are some great pictures!
📷: Gary Cuff
“The Golden Time” choreographed by Shu-Chen Cuff

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We are Featured in The Georgetowner!

“We were devastated watching what has happened in Ukraine a week before our performance at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. We wanted to pay a little tribute to show our support and respect of the Ukrainian people. We reached out to Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble…”
Shu-Chen Cuff stated. Article and photos by Jeff Malet, The Georgetowner.
We are featured in The Georgetowner! 🗞📰  Read all about it!  Here is the article: https://georgetowner.com/articles/2022/03/12/gin-dance-companys-look-beyond-at-atlas-intersections-photos/.

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GDC Presents “Look Beyond” at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival

After having the 2021 Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival cancelled due to COVID19, we are thrilled this very special event is back this year and excited to be participating! Here is the information:

  • When:
    March 5, 2022 — 8:00 p.m.
  • What:
    This year we are thrilled to be presenting our full evening production ‘Look Beyond’ at the 2022 Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival! Join us and see all original works of GDC Artistic Director, Shu-Chen Cuff featuring uplifting and motivational works, ‘Aspire’ and ‘When the Wind Blows’ that delve into the importances of overcoming obstacles and circumstances outside of our control to achieve a fulfilled life and, ‘The Golden Time’ an Asian/culturally influenced work combining Chinese Opera movements and modern dance in exploring the golden time of Shanghai in the 1920s and the role women played during that era in China. Come join us for a special celebration and a unique cultural experience!
  • Where:
    Atlas Performing Arts Center
    Lang Theater
    1333 H St. NE
    Washington, DC 20002
  • Tickets:
    Get your tickets HERE
Hope to see you there!
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GDC Presents “Perfect 10+” at the Capital One Hall!

GDC Presents “Perfect 10+” at the Capital One Hall!

  • When:
    October 16 — 7:30 p.m.
  • What:

    To extend the celebration of our 10th Anniversary season, Gin Dance Company will present a full evening production entitled “Perfect 10+” comprised of four World Premier pieces at the Brand New Capital One Hall on October 16!! First, a collaboration with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for the convergence of two art forms, modern dance & fashion design in the production of “Runway”. Second, “The Golden Time”, an Asian/culturally influenced work combining Chinese Opera movements and modern dance in exploring the golden time of Shanghai in the 1920s and the role women played during that era in China. Plus two additional World Premier works, “Aspire” and “When the Wind Blows.” GDC features all original choreography by Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff. Come join us for a special celebration and a unique cultural experience!

    This production is supported by Virginia Commission for the Arts, ArtsFairfax, and Fashion Institute of Technology.

  • Where:
    Capital One Hall
    7750 Capital One Tower RD
    Tysons, VA 22102
  • Tickets:
    Click Here for tickets

 

 

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GDC 7-8-9 Fundraising Drive is Here!

 

We need your help raising $7,000 by 8/9… Thus, 7-8-9!
We all recognize the huge value arts and culture play in our society and how they contribute to the quality of our lives. Since the COVID 19 shutdowns were implemented last spring, we immediately adapted by moving our rehearsals online via Zoom (the very first day after the shutdown). We were dedicated to ensuring that the arts remain part of our lives as well as yours. We conquered the challenges of rehearsing virtually via Zoom and created several brand new works including “Aspire”, “The Golden Time”, and “When the Wind Blows”. We produced ten different streaming video performance films to keep our community connected and reflect upon the tumultuous events over the past year. This past season was our 10th Anniversary Season. To celebrate, we shared the stories of our 10 year journey along with full length stage video productions of our several of original works on our “10th Anniversary Season Virtual Performance and Discussion”.
We have been committed to being ready with high quality works of dance when things return back to ‘normal’. Due to the shutdowns over the past year, all of our in person performances were canceled as performance venues remained closed. This has impacted our funding… At GDC, we pour our heart and soul into every production. We create to impact, inspire, and brighten lives.  We have a tremendous passion and love for what we do and, as venues open back up this fall, we are excited to announce that we will be one of the very first to perform in the stunning, brand new Capital One Hall in Tysons Corner with our full evening production of all new works on October 16, 2021. We humbly ask for your help in raising the funds needed for this exciting and ambitious production with your tax-deductible contribution.
Please give whatever you can … Every dollar donated will bring us closer to our goal.
TOGETHER, we can keep the curtain up!
You can donate at:
Note: If you prefer to make a contribution by check, please make check payable to Gin Dance Company and mail it to:
Gin Dance Company
1818 Library ST, Suite 500
Reston, VA 20190

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Dong Xi with Special Guest Shu-Chen Cuff

Dong Xi, the winner of Best World Music Artist /Group of WAMMIE (2020) and nominator of Outstanding Sound Design of Helen Hayes Award (2020), is honored to bring the audience to a new sound world with their bi-lingual music. The name Dong Xi can be translated in “East and West”. It is a collaboration between world percussionist Tom Teasley and Yang Qin (Chinese dulcimer) virtuoso Chao Tian. Their sound is a merging of world rhythms with the elegance of Chinese folk and classical music. Tom Teasley combines global percussions from Africa, India, Middle-East, Brazil, and Cuba with American jazz. Chao Tian performs with techniques that combines her traditional Chinese music background with reminiscent of the Persian Santoor, American dulcimer, and even slide guitar. Their music is completely improvised, thus creating a dialog between east and west using music to express what words cannot express. They are joined by Shu-Chen Cuff, Founder of the critically acclaimed Gin Dance Company. Each of GDC’s works 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.Outdoors in Cherry Hill Park behind the Falls Church Community Center. Join us!!

Get your tickets: https://www.creativecauldron.org/2021_summer_concerts.html

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Audition for Gin Dance Company!

Audition!! Gin Dance Company is seeking dancers 💃🏻🕺 with a strong background in ballet and modern technique along with performance experience and a great passion and eagerness to grow. The audition is by invitation only. If interested, please send your bio, dance photos, resume, and a dance video if it’s available to info@gindance.com
📷: Ruth Judson

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GDC – 10th Anniversary Season Virtual Spring Performance

As part of our 10th anniversary celebratory season, we are excited to be presenting a virtual afternoon of dance performances and discussion with Artistic Director and Choreographer/Dancer, Shu-Chen Cuff, Rehearsal Director/Dancer, Michelle Conroy, and Dancer Julia Hellmich on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM. See Gin Dance Company as you’ve never seen us before as we look back over our 10 year journey, give you a intimate front row seat at an exclusive online performance experience, and take you behind the scenes for insights into the inspiration and the creative process of our work.

Your event registration can be completed by making a donation of any amount to Gin Dance Company between the dates of April 28, 2021 and May 21, 2021.  An email will be sent the morning of the event on May 22 with a Zoom link to the virtual event.  Note, the email with the Zoom link will be sent to the email address submitted to PayPal with your donation.

Donate and register here: https://www.paypal.com/donate/GinDance

 

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GDC’s Limited Edition 10th Anniversary T-Shirts Have ARRIVED!!

Let’s Celebrate Perfect 10!!

While we’re certainly far from perfect, there is nothing we would change about these first ‘perfect 10’ years of Gin Dance Company. We are grateful to all the friends, family, supporters, GDC Board of Directors, and artists who have joined us on this journey and become a part of GDC history during our first decade. We look forward to our next 10 years and beyond with great appreciation, anticipation & excitement and hope we’ll find you by our side through it all. Let’s Celebrate! 🎉🎉🎉

Announcing the sale of our limited edition 10th Anniversary T-Shirts! Order yours now… Not only will you look great in your GDC gear, proceeds from the T-Shirt sales will support our upcoming season. Click here to order: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/gin-dance-company-10th-anniversary-season?side=front&type=1&zoom=false

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