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World-renowned dancer dies in apparent drowning off Oahu

Nai Ni Chen was respected and known for her work in dance.
Nai Ni Chen was respected and known for her work in dance.(Nai Ni Chen Dance Company)
Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 7:39 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2021 at 12:31 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An internationally-known dancer and choreographer died while on vacation in Hawaii.

Nai-Ni Chen was reportedly found unresponsive while swimming off Kailua Beach on Sunday.

Chen is from Taiwan and founded the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in New York in 1988. She’s known for blending traditional Chinese dance with contemporary styles.

A tribute on her dance company’s page said in part, “Nai-Ni Chen was a creative genius and always had an eye for joy and surprise. Her ever shining smile twinkled her eyes like a star in the sky. Her movement was like a concrete stream - strong but soothing!”

Nai-Ni Chen was 62 years old.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our backbone & driving force Nai-Ni Chen! She went for a swim in the ocean of...

Posted by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on Monday, December 13, 2021

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