Asian American Arts Alliance

2017 Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Asian American Choreographer





The Asian American Arts Alliance is pleased to administer, with support from the New York Community Trust, the 2017 Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Asian American Choreographer. 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 choreographer 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 choreographer.

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

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 presented choreography
  • Hope to make a significant impact on the New York City artistic community through their work
  • Show potential for greater future artistic achievement in choreography
  • Be a U.S. citizen

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


Award Guidelines and Online Application open via Submittable:

Friday, April 7, 2017

For guidelines and to apply:

Information Session at the Asian American Arts Alliance:

Monday, May 15, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To register to attend:

Submission Deadline

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Application forms must be submitted electronically via Submittable by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, May 26, 2017.


Award Announcement

The winner will be publicly announced via the Alliance website and social media channels on or around Wednesday, June 28, 2017





The awardee will be selected through an open call and jury process. A jury composed of established choreographers/dancers, arts presenters, arts administrators, and educators will evaluate the submitted applications, based on the following criteria:


  1. Artistic Quality
    Technical skill, performance quality, and expression will all be evaluated. (Applicants will be asked to submit two video samples that total up to and no more than 8 minutes. They may upload videos to YouTube or Vimeo and share a timestamp of what to view. A third video sample is optional and would mean the three samples total no more than 12 minutes).
  2. Community Impact
    Articulation of interest or hopes to make a significant impact on the New York City artistic community as a whole. (Applicants must be able to articulate this in the essay question).
  3. Professional Development
    How funds will be utilized to further educational assistance, training, and support, and one letter of recommendation from a previous or current dancer or choreographer experienced with said choreographer’s work.






Who is Jadin Wong?

Jadin Wong (1913‐2010) is a Chinese American actor, dancer and comedian. 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.

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Can dancers apply?

Yes. However, the dancer must be actively choreographing for himself/herself, or other dancers, and have a demonstrated history of producing choreography.


What constitutes an “emerging choreographer”?

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 choreographer can be, for example: 

  • A choreographer active in a conservatory program
  • A choreographer who performs his/her own work


What are some examples of “Professional Development”?

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

  • Undertaking of creative research for a new choreographic work
  • Participation in master classes, workshops, intensives, dance conferences, etc.
  • Mentorship for professional development


The 2017 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 choreography. The quality of the video should not detract from the dance itself and the lighting must be so that the dancer and choreography 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?

Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ariel Estrada, Interim Director of Public Programs, at

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Information Session for the 2017 Jadin Wong Award for An Emerging Asian American Choreographer on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Facilitated by Asian American Arts Alliance Interim Director of Public Programs, Ariel Estrada. The 1-hour information session will include background and logistics of the awards process and pointers on preparing a strong application.

To register to attend:

The Jadin Wong Award is made possible through a grant from the
Jadin Wong Educational Fund in the New York Community Trust.


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