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Dancing in the Chinese New Year

1 Young dancers prepare to hit the stage on January 29, 2014. They are members of the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, which is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a performance in St. Paul, Minn. 
2 Julie Zhang, 7, gets a little help with her hair and makeup before the dance company's performance of "Homecoming: A Chinese New Year's Tale." 
3 Amaris Tu, 6, checks out the lipstick she'll get to wear during the performance. 
4 Amidst the pre-show chaos, one dancer finds time for reading. 
5 CAAM Chinese Dance Theater performed for a number of school groups at the O'Shaughnessy auditorium in St. Paul, Minn., on January 28. 2014. 
6 The program Homecoming: A Chinese New Year's Tale has been referred to as the Chinese version of the Nutcracker ballet. 
7 On this day, 51 young dancers performed on stage. This version of the program was designed specifically for audiences of school children. 
8 CAAM Chinese Dance Theater chooses show themes that reflect the artistic elements of Chinese culture. 
9 Dancers often put on shows for students from the area's Chinese immersion schools. 
10 CAAM Chinese Dance Theater presents locally produced Chinese dance performances and community outreach programs throughout the Upper Midwest. 
11 After the performance, dancers will head to school to attend the rest of the day's classes.