Chinese dance, with its obvious whirling ribbons, elegant and elaborate unique movements, diversified ethnic and decorated costumes, and their very rich history of its people and China’s past, offers a captivating glimpse into a complex, wealthy and ancient culture. The rich history is celebrated by the mythical beasts and characterized myths brought to life in Chinese dances from the emperor’s court to far away countryside.
So, when next you are tempted to have a glimpse of this rich culture and you are on a low budget, you could just enroll for a dance class close to you.
Chinese dance can be categorized into two types: Court dances and Folk dances. These varies across the classical choreography which is still being used in the Peking Opera, to the various representations of ethnic cultures, that are presented as popular festival fare.
What are specific dance moves/steps to learn in the class,
- Prince Qin’s Cavalry: It is a big and spectacular dance, involving military maneuvers, battle formations and with audience participation.
- Nichang Yuyi: Also known as the feather dance talks about a delicate sorrowful dance about an emperor and his concubine which is performed in feathered costumes. In this dance, the dancers act on the emperor’s dream. When the emperors awakens and narrates his dream to his closest concubine, she dances it for him. She dances by fluttering around the stage in feathers and silk making her moves to be enhanced
Folk Dance Moves
- Fan dance: In this dance, the lead of the fan determines the motion of the dancer, arcing and exploding into continuous moves as the fans hover slowly in the air or is snapped open and then closed
- Ribbon dance: This dance which originated from the Han clan is associated with dancing ribbons that are so mesmerizing. The dance choreography has developed to feature breathtaking formations, that can be seen and traced in the air.
- Dai dance: Most part of the dance routine majors in translating the movement of subtropical animals to human movement. This dance comprises of exotic egrets, butterflies, fish and peacock. It also includes the mythical gaduo’
- Tibetan dance: This dance is known for its forward slanted stance, energetic jumps and turns, rhythmic, bouncy steps needed for navigating steep climb when carrying heavy loads
- Mongolian dance: Here, the dancers mimic the horse culture and the expansive open lands from which the dance had developed. Their spreading wide arms portray the flight of the eagle. This dance involves the high stepping and the rearing back, and the syncopated gallops.
- The Miao: This dance display is a vital symbol of the Miao people. The weight of silver which represents the wealth of the people dictates the dance moves. It includes swaying of the head, the hips and the hands, low controlled jump kicks, and leg movements, that begin with the lifting of the undecorated upper-leg first. Other dance steps are the spinning and fast movements to flare pleated skirts.
- The lion dance: Here two dancers are hidden into a very large papier-mache head, having a front paw and a back end, with the tossing of the head and wagging of the tail, as they travel from one business to another, receiving from various merchants for prosperity in the year ahead.
- The dragon dance: It consists of an elegantly painted tossing head and a unified line of dancers depicting a snake. The dragon’s body pursues evil spirits and misfortune as they bless the crowd.
- The Chinese dance, blending the movements of all dances accurately, with the modern fitness elements, is like an aerobic exercise and body-shaping training program.
- The change of the musical rhythms and moves enables the training of the coordination and also the flexibility of the body.
- After continuous training for a reasonable period of time, you will notice a significant improvement in the elasticity and flexibility of your bones and joints, abdominal & your back muscles.
The Chinese dance is great choice for the relief of mental and emotional clearance
What to wear/bring to the class
You could simply wear something very comfortable that allows you to be flexible. For the men, a shirt and pant would do. Ballet shoes can be used for this dance.
For the women, flair gowns are advisable for spinning and turning in the air. But for all other dance activities, a simple dress with tights inside will do. The women’s shoe could have a little bit of heel and should be made of a leather sole so it doesn’t stick to the ground.
The rich cultural Chinese dance has a variety of moves that makes it even more interesting and engaging. Its simple to complex nature, ensures that you never get bored. The sophistication, beautiful decorations and adornment when performed on stage is very intriguing. So why not join a class close to you today