Founded in 1993, the American Asian Performing Arts Theatre (AAPAT) was the first professional Chinese performing arts organization established in Seattle. The charter members were a group of excellent young dancers, led and trained by Li Hengda, who sought to spread appreciation for Chinese dance in the local community.

       Today, AAPAT’s mission is to promote the unique––yet, universal––appeal of allChinese arts and culture, expressed through the performing arts.

      AAPAT is a 501c3 non-profit rganization that provides quality theatre experiences throughout the United States, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, AAPAT members have also ollaborated and performed with various art groups in their free time, traveling across the US and internationally to Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong.

        With the support of the state, county and city art commissions, as well as local

businesses, community leaders and individuals, AAPAT has successfully produced a

number of large-scale professional shows, including the well-known “China in Dance” series. The organization has also participated in many ethnic and

charity performances and festivals; AAPAT’s work is integral to the international community and beyond.

      By supporting the training and education of performers in the prestigious arts of Chinese dance and music, and


 providing opportunities to demonstrate and improve their skills by participating in professional show productions, AAPAT is able to achieve its mission.

     Please support the American Asian Performance Arts Theatre in promoting the exchange of Chinese art and culture in the US and beyond. For more information about AAPAT, please visit:





American Asian Performing Arts Theatre