Fall into Feminine

Fall is near, new beginnings are abundant, and feminine is flowing forward.

Thurs, Sept 28th @ 8pm: Tabula Rasa presents ESCAPE  ~ BUY TICKETS HERE

A true gem, Tabula Rasa also allows audience participation in the second half of each show. Performance art at its finest, breaking down the fourth wall, and spontaneous jam sessions after hours are common. I’ll be lucky to dance and share space with these amazing artists.

Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment is a melting pot of Boston and Somerville’s finest local artistic talent who come together to meet with a common theme and explore the magic and mystery of making art in community.

Thurs, Oct 19th @ 8pm: RAW Artists Boston presents SAVORBUY TICKETS HERE 

1000 virtues will present new work in The Divine Feminine Awakening Series (the first was Thunder Moon, which premiered in JUN 2017) with dancers Chienhwe and Sila Assad in an immersive exploration of the light and dark side of the divine feminine nature. You may see us paint each other on stage. Just saying.

1kv will also present a project from The Divine Feminine Awakening Series in another city on the globe as a RAW Artist! Help us decide where to go next by voting.

TEXT THE NUMBER OR THE NAME OF THE CITY TO 617-599-5880 with your name and email address to win a free 20 minute session with Chienhwe.

  • 1) New York City,  NY
  • 2) Honolulu, HA
  • 3) New Orleans, LA
  • 4) San Jose, CA or
  • 5) Raleigh, NC

Oct 15-31: Golden Oasis Arts Residency – Florence, Italy ~ My. First. International. Dance. Residency. Held at a monastery in Tuscany, I’ll be in the thick of the mountains practicing tai-chi, movement, phrase making, choreography, directing and more. Help me get there by donating in kind! Click here to make a donation.

In the meantime, enjoy this photo from the Lawn on D’s D Street Dance Bash. Photo credit – JLA photography & Video.


D Street Dance Bash

About last night… what an honor it was to have been commissioned to create original, first of its kind work on the famous glow in the dark swings at the Lawn on D.

In light of the ongoing tragedy’s in this nation and on the globe, it is a true privilege that I am able to spend my time transmuting the ugliness and horrors into moments of creation, joy, inspiration and love.

Stay tuned for more pictures from the LABYRINTH.



Conan O’Brien said, “If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

GUESS WHAT. Amazing things are happening. I wanted you to be the first to know how to get involved or stay in the loop with the local and international art adventuring and  happenings.

The Lawn on D – D Street Dance Bash | Saturday, August 12th 1-11pm | Free
A free event open to the public all day! I’ve been commissioned to create and perform an original work on the glow in the dark swings at sundown. When I realized that I was getting sought out and paid to dance on glow in the dark swings, I realized that my life is going in the exact direction that I had always dreamed of. Paid to play. I’m thankful, and also excited to share this day with several other local and international talent – salsa dancing, classical Indian dance for kids, Street Hype plus a very big appearance from Retourment, dancers from France who will take your breath away with their aerial talents!

RSVP for D Street Dance Bash here

Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment | September 2017 | Ticket Coming Soon
…is coming to Warehouse XI again in September. If you haven’t been, you won’t be sorry carving out a saturday night to check out this hidden gem. Catherine Musinsky gathers a multidisciplinary team of dancers, movers, musicians, singers, poets, painters, lighting designers and more in this melting pot of communing through art expression. Even if you don’t understand what you see, your night will be better because of witnessing Tabula Rasa.

EXACT DATE COMING SOON – Follow Tabula Rasa here

IUGTE – Golden Oasis Arts Residency, Tuscany, Italy | October 2017

MY FIRST INTERNATIONAL DANCE RESIDENCY. I’m over the moon to share that I’ve been accept and offered a scholarship for this residency in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Italy at the end of October 2017! I’ll retreat to a monastery, practice tai-chi with other international performing artists in the morning, learn new skills, refine old techniques, share space with art makers, and unleash a deep part of my core expression as a dancer, mover, performing artist and dance maker. I’m very excited to expand my horizons and to come back and share what I have learned with you all!

Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment September 2016
Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment September 2016

Glow with the Flow

I’ve been commissioned to dance on the glow in the dark swings at The Lawn on D. It’s going to be an amazing night of magic. Come join me as I perform the premiere of “Glow with the Flow” with  live music by the masterful Marissa Oliviera!

D Street Dance Bash FB Invite

Enjoy a full day of spectacular performances and free dance lessons by the best local dance companies and see what’s next (and what’s best) for the Boston dance world!
A SPECIAL surprise is the U.S. debut of the French “vertical dance” company, Retouramont (http://retouramont.com/). Their repertoire includes dancing in mid-air while dangling from a crane, on a structure of poles anchored to the ground. Dancers : Isabelle Pinon, Olivia Cubero, Francisca Alvarez
Rigger : Nicolas Duffoux
Choregraphy and scenograpy : Fabrice Guillot
Music : René Michel (accordion) & Bruno le Rouzic (bagpipes)

Here are some of the things to look forward to:

• Line Dancing
• Salsa dancing with lessons for beginners
• Flash Mob by Collage Dance Ensemble (http://www.collageusa.org/)
• An original choreography performed on and around our famous Swing Time installation by Chienhwe & 1ooovirtues dance
• Traditional Indian dance classes for kids

and more!

Full schedule coming soon!

Testimonials as a Teacher

From dance students

“Full of wild, pure WILD joy.” -Katerine

“An energetic, motivating, creative, playful and inspirational teacher.” -Island Dance of Hong Kong

“You really opened my eyes to another side of dance.” – Emma

“You let us go crazy, you let us show our individuality, your choreography was truly unique and amazing.” – Jess

“You were one of the most helpful and caring teachers Island Dance has ever seen.”  – Jessica

“You taught us how to get out of our comfort zone.  You used a lot of moves I have never seen before.  You’re an amazing choreographer!  AND you should really really come back!”  – Disha

“Thank you for spending extra time to help me before the show and helping me find confidence!” – Cassie

About movement lab

Movement lab is the best exercise class because we do vigorous stuff, relaxing stuff, stretching stuff – but all feel like fun and game instead of work. – Emily

Movement lab has been an amazing new experience for me.  I have never had the opportunity to focus on my own body and my own energy, and move through listening and expressing.  Chien-Hwe is a supportive and welcoming teacher and leader, and she guides that level of honesty out of me in ways that other teachers would not, allowing me to be comfortable with this new exploration.  As a result of working with Chien-Hwe, I think I am growing as a dancer and challenging myself in new ways.  This would not have happened without her and without Movement Lab.  – Molly Schwartz

I am 100% supportive of this opportunity, and would be a regular participant. I’ve found it’s hard to find improv opportunities that get dancers to “that place”, and Chien Hwe, your teaching does this for me more easily than any other improv instruction I’ve experienced!  – Katherine Anderson

I have taken several theater and movement improvisation classes and I can say that Chien-Hwe’s Movement Lab classes are unique.  Chien-Hwe has the ability to adjust to the level of each student taking the class and to develop a valuable experience for everyone in the class.  Movement Lab also incorporates three elements – freedom of movements, introspection of the inner body and its impulses to move and space awareness – that are critical to dancers, performers and human beings evolving in current society. I would gladly take this class again and it would be better if the class were in the evening.  – Mae Paillet

About soul sessions

“I’ll keep coming back forever and ever.” – Aleia, Award winning poet

“Nothing else in my life gives me this type of humbling and gripping inspiration.” – Alshane, lyricist, wordsmith

“At my first soul sessions, I felt goosebumps all over my body.  All I kept thinking was, this is amazing.  This is a gem.  We gotta tell the world.” – Amber, Emerson 2015

“The feeling of being accepted as soon as you walk in the door is unlike any other place.” – Brian, Urbanity Dance

from colleagues

“Her sense of musicality, dynamics and artistry brought our performances to a new level.  Because she takes such pride in what she does she pays careful attention to bringing out the best in each dancer.” – Laura Faria Sciortino, Artistic Director of Turning Pointe Dance Studio

“Ms. Hong performed splendidly as a choreographer and as a teacher for the 2009 Falmouth Academy production of “The Madwoman of Chaillot.”  She was competent, creative and efficiently and gracefully taught the young actors with her expert, kind and patient instructions.  We are fortunate to have so talented and creative an artist and teacher in our community.” – Jacek Zuzanski, Falmouth Academy Art Department

“Carol is a talented and sincere girl who puts great effort into her work.  The teachers and students from the various schools she has worked with all love her cheerful and energetic personality.  I am sure you will have a pleasant time working with her.  She is very easy going, builds good relationships with her colleagues and we have all learned very much from her.” – Yeung Siu Yau, Theatre-Noir, Hong Kong

from yoga clients

Chien is a healer of a different league. Through her endless knowledge and years of experience, Chien is able to read bodies in a very special way. She has lovingly and gracefully guided me through a process of reinhabiting my body and liberating parts of myself that were blocked by pain and trauma.  I have never met someone who could tell me so much about myself just by watching my breathe. She is powerful, intuitive, patient and compassionate. I believe we all need a guide like this at some point in our lifetime. – Sila A.

Chienhwe is magic. She helped me reconnect my energy body with my physical body through the use of guided imagery, breath practices and skillful hands-on assists. She’s down to earth, responsive, direct and understands the body and movement on many levels. She holds a huge space of possibility for you to step into your next best self and guides you to your vision of your highest self. – Karuna O.

When I first took one of Chienhwe’s classes, I was heart broken.  I needed some serious self love and confidence.  The transformation of my emotions from the start of class to walking out of the studio were unbelievable!  I felt strong and self assured, yoga makes me feel confident and peaceful.  I immediately noticed Chienhwe’s class specifically did more for me than the other classes I was attending at the time. And after some private classes I continued to feel better and better in many ways.  The physical results  (I immediately noticed my core muscles get tighter and stronger after 2 classes) are a bonus to the amazing mind and heart healing powers of Chienhwe’s classes.  Chienhwe has taught me how important and life changing connecting to my breath is and I am so very thankful for her!! – Michellle Tusini, student

WARNING: after Chienhwes class you are newborn and YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH YOGA; becoming flexible is just a side affect!  It only took one class with Chienhwe to understand I am now on journey toward enlightenment.  For me this all revolves around “self love.”  Now, with Chienhwe’s guidance, I  feel a deeper connection with my source of love that  could only come from within and feel a deeper love for others as well as my self also, accepting the truth.  I felt so good after taking one yoga class with Chienhwe I immediately signed up for Yoga 101. There was such a wonderful connection with Chienhwe, she is more than a yoga instructor or friend but an Angel with a wonderful gift…..She has to be, after all it’s like stepping off a cloud after she works with you! – Linda Holt age 41,

I have been working with the Yoga 101 program with Chienhwe and it’s really been a magical experience for me.  We talk, we breathe, we do yoga and I am able to go to places I’ve never been before with 10 years of therapy.  Chienhwe creates such a safe and loving space for me so that I’ve been able to some really wonderful healing and have grown so much in such a short amount of time.  I look forward to our next visit to see what other miracles await me!!! Thank you Chienhwe. – Kerri Pearlman, Yoga 101

When I came in for my consultation with Chienhwe the tension in my neck and shoulders was probably visible. She sat me down, asked me what I wanted to get from yoga and what areas I wanted to focus on, and immediately started me in on the appropriate stretches and poses. Within minutes, I felt my entire body relax. I left the class feeling calm, peaceful and grounded. It took me 3 years after buying a yoga mat to actually use it, and after 1 class with Chienhwe, I’m hooked. – Alyssa, new to yoga

‘I am so excited to have met Chienhwe and I loved her class. I was transformed by the power of my breath and movement and connection to both. I felt light and strong after class. I have no tension in my body now today and my mind feels centered and clear today. I love breathing now. I am looking forward to working in the 101 for yoga that starts next week for me. I am a Chienhwe fan now. I really like Chienhwe. She has the perfect balance of softness and strength as a teacher for me and I can listen to her voice naturally. I appreciate her overall style and way of teaching.   Namaste!’ – Suzanne Hickey-Massage Therapist

‘I just had my first private session for the new Yoga 101 with Chienhwe and I feel AMAZING. I am a 42 yr old single mom of a 4.5 and a 3 yr old. I dont have a lot of me time and wanted to get back to healthy. This was without question the BEST thing I could have ever done for myself and my children. The value of a healthy body mind and spirit is priceless. Thank you Chienhwe and I am so looking forward to a “lighter me”.’  Jenn Connors-Hanoian, Yoga 101 client

‘Over the past 10 years, I have taken many yoga classes and have had diverse learning experiences, many of them mediocre and a few of them great.  Chienhwe stands out as one of the best teachers I’ve practiced with, and has inspired me to stay with Yoga.  I would recommend her as a teacher in group classes or private sessions, to anyone looking for a great workout, a strengthened self-image and even deep transformation.  I wish I could take a class with her tomorrow.” – Shaun Sellers, private client

So thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from Chienhwe’s yoga classes. Have taken yoga before in various settings: on the beach, in a pool, and in studios but the breathing techniques she introduces  make Chienhwe’s classes unique.  It made all the difference for me. It is amazing how it not only focused me but also was incredibly relaxing. With a very long daily commute, I’ve been able to relieve the stress and frustration of driving with her calming  breathing techniques.   Chienhwe’s soothing voice and quiet but authoritative manner in which she instructs are very encouraging.  At the beginning of every class Chienhwe asks how we want to feel when the class is ended. Whether I chose to feel calm, peaceful, energized or happy, it always worked!. – Donna, student

Our library yoga sessions with Chienhwe were a wonderful break in our busy work routine.  The most important thing Chienhwe taught us was to breath consciously and slowly which in turn slows the pace of our actions and our thoughts. Case in point – I just returned from a vacation camping on Cape Breton. If you have traveled there, you know the roads are very twisty and steep. Chienhwe’s breathing technique helped to quiet my fear as we climbed higher and dipped further than I have ever been before. – Lynne Carreiro,  Meditation and Yoga Student


Thank you

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who showed up to the premiere of Thunder Moon this weekend. I’m thrilled and honored to be a vessel of healing and uplifting through the power of dance. A huge thank you to Stephen Petrelli, Jordan Bain, Kramer Gibson and Madison White for bringing this all together to honor and heal divine feminine.


Purchase Tickets Here 

Thunder Moon is a one woman dance tribute honoring the divine feminine. Watch this 4 part moving meditation unfold in a sacred, protected temple space at Boston’s Modern Mystery School.

The Beginning
“There was light, but before that there was darkness.”
The Burning
“We are the children of the witches who survived.”
The Burial
“They tried to bury us; they didn’t know we were seeds.”
The Birth
“No mud; no lotus.”

Friday, June 30th @ 7pm, Modern Mystery School (132 Charles Street, Auburndale, MA)

Purchase Tickets Here

Thunder Moon explores personal and universal aspects of the Goddess, the Great Mother trespassed, girl power on the rise and the inherent, irresistible goodness of the divine feminine spirit that lives within and around each and everyone of us.

Chienhwe is a Taiwanese born, New York City trained, Boston-based dancer, yoga teacher and intuitive healer. An internationally known performer and teacher, Chienhwe offers a private training platform for individuals to incorporate pranayama, meditation, movement, martial arts and dance disciplines to embody and integrate the mind, body and heart with spirit to align with divine expression. You can catch Chienhwe on other Boston stages dancing with The Pillow Men (www.thepillowmen.com) and Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment. Check out www.chienhwe.com for more information on performances and services. To learn more about the mystery school go to www.healingboston.com


Photo by Rod Harris Photography

ticket links

April 8th @ 8pm | Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment – Buy tickets for TRANSPARENT

April 20th @ 8pm | The Pillow Men – the official debut – Buy tickets for The Pillow Men

April 21st @ 8pm | The Pillow Men – Buy tickets for The Pillow Men



Transparent – SAT 4/8 @ Warehouse XI

Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment does it again with its melting pot of live musicians, dancers, poets, singers, painters, projectors, lighting designers and more that come together to make work for you to watch and/or participate in.

Tabula Rasa is an open experiment in improvisational performance at a spacious but welcoming warehouse in Union Square, Somerville called Warehouse XI. Located right behind Journeyman restaurant in the alley between the Independent and Bronwyn’s restaurants, Warehouse XI is a recently converted warehouse with a rough hewn quality and inspiring size in a city and square typically crunched for space. In Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiments, artists enter the stage-lit space without preconceptions or plans and perform pieces as they are created, in real time. They feed off one another and create moments that are both strange and universal. Musicians in the audience are invited to bring their instruments, dancers their jazz shoes, photographers their cameras and artists their sketchbooks, and all are invited to join in the performance during the second half of the show. 

Buy tickets for TRANSPARENT


From Apocalypso – Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment January 2017

The Pillow Men | the official debut

The Pillow Men are back to entrance you into the world of dreams. The official debut lands at Oberon in the heart of Cambridge, the cultural district on…

THURS 4/20 @ 8pm, FRI 4/21 @ 8pm

http://www.thepillowmen.com for tix link coming soon

time to dance

1/14 Tabula Rasa was a smashing, magical success. Many thanks.
4/20, 4/21 The Pillow Men at Oberon | Buy tix @ http://www.thepillowmen.com
11/1-11/11 Indonesia Retreat | Retreat, Make Art, Explore (Ubud, Bali) – dates subject to change



Tabula Rasa | Apocalypso 1/14 @ 8pm

Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment, with help from the Somerville Arts Council and generous support by Warehouse XI, presents APOCALYPSO! – a beautifully lit night of improvisatory performance and all out party, an Apollonian procession in honor of our last president, and a Dionysian girding of the loins for the next.

Bound by inescapably moving music by Boston Jazz greats (Stan Strickland, Syd Smart, Giuseppe Paradiso, Bob Toade, Gabriela Martina, Scott Getchell, and on and on), we dancers (Callie Chapman, Catherine Musinsky, Aaron Brando, Ben Korta, Chien Hwe, Lani Nahele, Karen Klein, and on and on), artists (Tamar Ettingen, and friends) and YOU, performance lovers will forge a bond to bring us through whatever the world has in store for us.

Together, we can– dance, sing, listen, sting, bring it on and enter a common realm where music, movement, poetry and one another matter for a fleeting but memorable evening..

Live musicians, live dancers, live painting, projections, audience participation at will and magic, magic, magic. This is a hidden gem, and art making at its finest. Catherine Musinsky has hosted these experiments (performances) at Warehouse XI for the last few years — it’s something you don’t want to miss out on!

This is a hidden gem, everyone. Check it out here – Tabula Rasa | Apocalypso FB invite

Medicine Wheel & Moon 12/1 @ 9:30pm at Cyclorama (Boston Center for the Arts)

As an ambassador of the moon, I have dedicated my next creative dance theater project to the creation of the moon and her powerful energies and influences in history and present day life.


Join me and dancer Wendy Jehlen in a sneak peek to this piece at a 24hr vigil presented at Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 1st.  We will present 20-30 minutes of this piece at 9:30pm.  Free admission.  Come explore “what life would be like without art?”


Artists Retreat in Indonesia

For those of you who don’t know, I recently returned from a self-marriage retreat in Ubud, Indonesia (as well as Gili Air Island, Indonesia).  But this post isn’t about that. It’s about the fact that I was invited back to lead a retreat and hopefully present and perform, given that I have the right group.  This is where you come in: come with me!

Rough details are as follows: 10 days in between hipster city village Ubud and sacred village farm lands at a new yoga studio in the middle of rice crop villages. Includes transportation from airport and all around the island (within reason), daily meals, classes and private sessions with me, exploring and more.

Rough dates: as early as late spring 2017, as late as early winter 2017.

COME WITH ME. Sign up to follow the blog site for more upcoming news.

Tagallalung, Bali, Indonesia


Open classes in November

And we are back! Come move with me in this short series of movement exploration that combines yummy floor work, martial arts game, and the love of movement.

Tuesdays NOV 15th, 22nd, 29th @ 6 – 7:30pm Studio 1 at Dance Complex (536 Mass Ave, Central Square)

The Pillow Men @ The Rockwell 10/27 @ 8pm



A month from today will be our third full theatrical performance at The Rockwell Theatre in Davis Square on Thursday October 27th. Our full performance features original music with live vocals, a full light show, projected videos and animations, abstract theatrical skits including a dancer and a newly added character.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Purchase your advance tickets here! Not only will there be many new aspects of the show debuted that night, but The Pillow Men finally have music for you all! The first of five EPs will be available at this performance. Make sure to get your copy of our first ever EP RELEASE!

Follow and Stay Tuned:

We will be reaching out to you regularly with updates on tickets, performances, and media spotlights. Follow The Pillow Men on Facebook and Instagram @thepillowmen. Thanks again for all your support, and remember…
…it’s only a dream…
Cast – Dan Barrechnea, Ian Hayes, Tyler Kent, Kramer Gibson, Steve Harding
Dancer – Chienhwe
Human Character – Alex Hayes