Asian American Arts Alliance

2016 Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Asian American Dancers

2016 Jadin Wong Award for an Emerging Asian American Dancer




The Asian American Arts Alliance is pleased to administer, with support from the New York Community Trust, the 2016 Jadin Wong Award for an Emerging Asian American Dancer. This follows the successful introduction of the Jadin Wong Award for an Emerging Asian American Dancer in 2016.


This award is a tribute to the life and work of renowned Chinese American actress, dancer, and comedienne Jadin Wong. Since her teenage years, Ms. Wong had been a pioneer and innovator of Asian American performing arts.


This year’s award is intended to recognize an emerging Asian American dancer whose work shows strong potential for greater achievement, who hopes to make a significant impact on the New York City artistic community. The award aims to recognize exemplary work that will continue to inspire young artists and the Asian American community for years to come. The winner will receive a cash award of $4,500 to provide educational assistance, training and support with limited financial means to help them pursue their career as a dancer.


This cash award is to be used for “Professional Development” (see below), but not for undergraduate or graduate tuition fees.


Guidelines and Online Application here.

Submissions are due 11:59 PM EST Tuesday, June 7th, 2016.


The Asian American Arts Alliance will receive applications through an open application process this year.



The applicant MUST:

- Be of Asian descent. Ethnic origins include Central Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Middle Eastern and Multi-regional

- Be between the ages of 18 and 30

- Be based in any of the five boroughs in New York City

- Have at least five years of experience in dance

- Hope to make a significant impact on the New York City artistic community through his or her work

- Show potential for greater future artistic achievement in dance

- Be a U.S. citizen


Current Alliance staff, board members and review panel, as well as their immediate family members are not eligible.


The Selection Process

April 26, 2016                   Public Announcement of Open Call at 12:00 pm EST

May 3rd, 2016                   Submissions Open for the Jadin Wong

June 7th, 2016                  Submissions Close at 11:59 EST

Early July                          Jadin Wong Awardee announced



Application forms must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, June 7th.



The winner will be announced the week of July 6th, 2016.


How is the 2016 Jadin Wong Awardee selected?


The awardee will be selected through an open call and jury process. Submitted applications will be reviewed by a jury, composed of established choreographers/dancers, arts presenters, arts administrators, and educators. The applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Artistic Quality: technical skill, performance quality, and expression will all be evaluated. 
  2. Community Impact: Articulation of interest or hopes to make a significant impact on the New York City artistic community as a whole. 
  3. Professional Development: How funds will be utilized to further educational assistance, training, and support


Frequently Asked Questions


Who is Jadin Wong?

Jadin Wong (1913-2010) is a Chinese American actress, dancer and comedienne. She performed at San Francisco’s legendary all-Asian nightclub, Forbidden City, and toured throughout America, Europe and Asia. In 1960, Ms. Wong moved to New York City. She appeared in Broadway shows and founded Jadin Wong Management in hopes of helping more Asian American talent to be cast in significant roles in theater, film, and television. Ms. Wong’s final performance was on October 11, 1997, at a gala benefit for a new national Chinese American museum. To learn more, visit:


Can choreographers apply?

Yes. However, the choreographer must be actively dancing himself/herself and have a demonstrated history of dancing in productions.


What constitutes an “emerging dancer”?

For the purpose of this year’s award, an emerging dancer is one who is between 18 and 30 years of age and shows potential for great artistic achievement in dance. An emerging, early-career dancer can be, for example:

*a dancer active in a conservatory program

*a dancer contracted with a professional dance company

*a dancer who self-produces his/her own work and trains with a small ensemble

*a dancer/choreographer performing solo work


What are some examples of “Professional Development”?

The purpose of this award is to support and nurture an emerging Asian American dancer for Professional Development. “Professional Development” can include, but is not limited to:

*Undertaking of creative research for a new dance

*Participation in master classes, workshops, intensives, dance conferences, etc.

*Mentorship for professional development


The 2016 Jadin Wong Award is not intended to be used for undergraduate or graduate tuition fees.


What constitutes a strong video work sample?

Each video sample should represent 3 to 4 minutes of the applicant’s best dancing. The quality of the video should not detract from the dance itself and the lighting must be so that the dancer is visible enough for the viewer to fairly evaluate. Samples should demonstrate the applicant’s skills, craft and unique qualities.


What if I have more questions?

You are welcome to inquire further by contacting Ms. Cate Yu, Director of Public Programs, at


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