Classical Chinese Dance

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What Is A Classical Chinese Dance Class?

Introduction to Classical Chinese Dance: Exploring Cultural Heritage

A classical Chinese dance class is an enriching experience that immerses students in the ancient and vibrant culture of China through its unique dance forms. This class explores a variety of styles that embody the rich history and ethnic diversity of Chinese dance, including classical dance, folk dance, and ethnic minority dances, each offering a distinct flavor and aesthetic rooted in centuries of tradition.

Warm-Up and Basic Techniques: Building Strength and Flexibility

In a typical Chinese dance class, students begin with a warm-up that includes stretching and basic exercises to improve flexibility, strength, and body alignment—essential components for the precise movements required in Chinese dance. The instructor then leads the class through fundamental techniques such as spins, jumps, and delicate hand gestures that are characteristic of Chinese dance. These movements are not only physically demanding but also highly expressive, often intended to convey stories or emotions without words.

Mastering Foundational Moves: Key Techniques in Chinese Dance

The core of the class involves learning choreography that integrates these techniques into fluid, graceful sequences. Students may explore the elegant and refined movements of classical dance, which is heavily influenced by martial arts and Chinese opera. Alternatively, they might delve into lively folk dances that vary widely between China's numerous ethnic groups, each dance reflecting the customs, attire, and music of its origin.

Using Props in Dance: Enhancing Visual Appeal and Complexity

An important aspect of classical Chinese dance is its use of props, such as fans, ribbons, and long sleeves, which enhance the visual impact of the dance and require skillful manipulation. Instructors typically spend part of the class teaching students how to effectively integrate these props into their movements, adding layers of complexity and beauty to the dance.

Cultural Significance and Emotional Expression: Connecting with Chinese Traditions

Throughout the class, the instructor emphasizes the cultural significance of the movements and the importance of emotional expression. This allows students to connect more deeply with the dance, transforming their performance into a genuine portrayal of Chinese artistic heritage.

Benefits of a Chinese Dance Class: Cultural Appreciation and Skill Development

By participating in a classical Chinese dance class, students not only improve their dance skills but also gain an appreciation for Chinese culture, history, and artistic expression. This class offers a unique opportunity to experience the grace, power, and poise of one of the world's oldest and most diverse dance traditions.

Teacher Emily Chen teaches our classical Chinese dance classes.

Classical Chinese Dance Class Schedule

Summer Session Classes

Session Dates: July 1, 2024 - August 29, 2024

Meet Your Teacher

Emily Chen

Emily Chen

Emily Crawford Chen is a seasoned dance performer and choreographer, with an academic background from the University of Washington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. Prior to that, she studied Chinese Classical Dance at Beijing Dance Academy, earning a specialized diploma. Emily has showcased her talent in various prestigious venues, including the Tacoma Dome and The Washington Center for the Performing Arts Theatre. Notably, she performed at the Olympia Arts Festivals of 2021 and 2022, and participated in the University of Washington's undergraduate dance concerts at the Meany Theatre. Her performances reflect a blend of Eastern and Western dance traditions, demonstrating a dynamic range of expression and cultural depth.

The Chinese dance classes are in our Wedgwood Dance Studio

Address: 7500 25th Ave NE, Suite 1, Seattle, WA 98115, 
Phone: (206) 783-0755
American Dance Institute Wedgwood and our neighbors ST Nails and Jet City Pizza

American Dance Institute Wedgwood and our neighbors ST Nails and Jet City Pizza

Our studio is at the corner of 75th NE and 25th Ave NE in Wedgwood. We are neighbors to Jet City Pizza and ST Nails & Spa. We are across from the Shell Food Mart gas station, and were only 1 block South of Dahl Playfield!

Note: We do not have an office in Wedgwood. Our Seattle office handles Wedgwood details. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the China Dance Academy?

The China Dance Academy, also known as the Beijing Dance Academy, is a prestigious institution in China that specializes in professional dance education. It offers training in various dance genres, including Chinese classical and folk dance, ballet, contemporary dance, and other international styles.

What types of dance programs are offered at the China Dance Academy?

The academy provides a range of programs from primary to tertiary levels, including pre-professional training for children and teenagers, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for more advanced dancers and choreographers, as well as short-term courses and workshops for professionals and enthusiasts.

What types of dance programs are offered at the American Dance Institute?

The American Dance Institute offers ballet classes, hip hop dance classes, flamenco dance classes, contemporary dance classes, tap dance classes, shuffle dance classes, modern dance classes, K-pop classes, and now traditional Chinese dance classes.