Under the direction of Eleanor S. Yung, the AADT was notable for combining two distinct repertoires: The company was notable for its early development and pioneer promotion of contemporary Asian American dance, precursor to many new choreographers of east and west synthesis. History In the early 70s, there were very few Asian American public dance performances in New York City, and few dancers actively performing traditional Asian dance. There was a general misconception and exoticization of traditional Asian dance in the eyes of the public, and very little opportunity for Asian American choreographers of contemporary dance to create or showcase their works. The AADT became a venue and producer, providing the opportunity for both traditional and contemporary performers and choreographers to practice their art forms.
Project MUSE - Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance
Under the direction of Eleanor S. Yung, it was notable for combining two distinct repertoires: The Asian American Dance Theatre created and sustained a group of artists who helped identify, preserve and enhance many diverse dance styles that originated in the countries of Asia but that were showcased in communities that seek to understand their place in American culture. These dancers not only enriched people's sense of their own heritage, they also opened up the understanding of movement and choreographic aesthetics for Americans and artists in general.