Fundamentals and Flexibility
This course includes rigorous classical training to improve dancers posture, flexibility, and musicality. Within this hour, students will practice the fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance. Throughout the week, students will develop their skills gradually and gain a better understanding of their balance, weight transfer, and classical dance technique.
Bearing, or “yun” (韻), can best be described as a particular inner spirit. Bearing is an essential part of classical Chinese dance, emphasizing internal spirit, breath, intent, personal aura, and deep emotional expression. In essence, the spirit leads form, so that form is imbued with spirit. This class will explore the depths of bearing and bring out the dancer’s inner beauty.
Classical Chinese and/or Ethnic/Folk Choreography
This repertoire class will focus on classical Chinese dance or Chinese ethnic and folk dance styles in its choreography. The choreography will draw inspiration from China’s 5,000 year history and from over 50 ethnic and folk groups in China, culminating in a dance that will celebrate artistry and the human spirit.