ABOUT / MISSION & HISTORY
Yin He Dance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose programs promote Chinese dance in the Greater Chicago area. We work towards this mission through three main programs:
Yin He Dance Company is a Chicago-based company which presents traditional and contemporary Chinese dance. The company bridges east and west, past and present via repertory works passed down by master teachers as well as new works, especially those by members of the Chinese diaspora.
Yin He Dance Center, located in the heart of Chicago’s Chinese community, provides low cost classes which reflect our heritage and diversity.
Community Partnerships create free opportunities throughout Chicago to experience Chinese culture and dance via collaborations with other organizations.
Through these three programs, we hope to build new avenues of cultural dialogue and most importantly, share the joy of dance with all communities.
In 2011, Dollie Diaz, Angela Tam, and Amy Xie met as members of Chinese dance teacher Qiuyue Jin’s Xiao Xing Xing/Little Star Dance Troupe, a pre-professional performing group. Over the years, they continued to come together over their love for Chinese dance and eventually formed Yin He Dance in 2015. Yin He (银河) means Milky Way in Chinese.