First Night Boston: Chu Ling Dance Academy

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BOSTON (CBS) – We all know that Boston’s First Night is filled with entertainment, but you don’t have to stay up late to enjoy it. The daytime offers plenty of fun, especially for families, with the Hynes Convention Center the main focus. One of the groups performing there aims to give you a glimpse of a different world. At the Chu Ling Dance Academy in Boston, students are rehearsing their First Night performances. “I think dance is a very strong language,” says Chu Ling, teacher and choreographer.

This is the 13th year Chu Ling’s students will be a part of the First Night Family Festival. “We have a lot of rehearsals for this. Just to make it perfect,” says Erica Poon, a student at the academy. “I’m actually really happy, and a little bit nervous of course,” adds Christina Cong, another student. Chu Ling teaches classical and Chinese folk dances, with a special hope. “I want them to feel happy, that the first thing I want. And I want that they enjoy the dance and see some Chinese culture,” says Chu.

Ever year, the dancers earn a large, appreciative crowd at First Night and it’s no wonder. They work hard and you can feel how important the performance is for them. “It’s been a really big part of my life, like 10 years. I started when I was 4,” says Erica. “I think we’re being a part of something important. I’m really proud that I can represent the Chinese culture,” says Christina.

Be sure to give them a look at 1pm and 2:30pm at the Hynes Center.

Chu Ling Dance Academy: http://www.chulingdance.com/

First Night: http://www.firstnight.org

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