Chen Dance Center (CDC) is a recognized leader in dance and a leading Asian American arts institution. CDC is the recipient of the 2009 NYC Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture, the 2005 BESSIES Special Citation, the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans, and the 2002 NYS Governor's Arts Award. CDC realizes its mission to provide moving experiences in Asian American and contemporary dance through its three affiliate programs; H.T. Chen & Dancers (est. 1978), a modern dance company dedicated to creating innovative works and offering quality educational programming; The School (est. 1980), a year-round performing arts school providing lessons in dance and music; and The Theater (est. 1988), a professional performing arts venue that supports the work of emerging artists.