Chinese Dancing

Chinese Dance Video

The art of Chinese dance traces its origins to even before the appearance of the first written Chinese characters. Ceramic pots have been unearthed in the Sun Chia Chai excavation site in Tatung County of the western Chinese province of Chinghai that depict colorful dancing figures. A study of these archaeological artifacts reveals that people of the Neolithic Yangshao culture of around the fourth millennium B.C. already had choreo graphed group dances in which the participants locked arms and stamped their feet while singing to instrumental accompaniment.

Chinese dance
was divided into two types, civilian and military, during the Shang and Chou periods of the first millennium B.C. In civilian dance, dancers held feather banners in their hands, symbolizing the distribution of the fruits of the day's hunting or fishing. This gradually developed into the dance used in the emperor's periodic sacrificial rituals held outside the city, and other religious rituals.

Each minority people or aboriginal group of China has its own folk dance forms. The Miao (also known as Hmong) people of southwestern China, for example, developed a lively form of antiphonal singing and competitive dance; the aborigines of Taiwan, influenced by their island life and environment, created hand-holding line dances as part of a harvest ritual. Folk dances directly reflect the lifestyles and customs of a people, and in addition to their artistic value as dances, they are a precious part of China's cultural heritage.

In the Republic of China on Taiwan, the development of Chinese dance has taken on a dynamic and multifaceted personality. Young people going into dance usually first study ballet and modern dance, then go back to take a fresh look at the syntax of traditional Chinese dance. From there they seek out new directions for Chinese style body expression with an open mind and spirit of experimentation. Since about 1970, their original and unique compositions have occasioned a renaissance in Chinese dance.

Diversified Chinese Dances

Chinese Folk Dance

XingJiang Drum Dance, Taiwanese Folk Dance, Taiwan Aborginal Dance,
Kung-Fu Fan Dance, Yunan Dai folk dance, Dunhuang Aesthetic Dance.

Traditional Chinese Dance

Dragon Dance, Feather Fan Dance, Traditional Chinese Ribbon Dance,
Ribbon Dance, Silk Fan Dance, Sword Dance.

Chinese Modern Dance

Chinese modern dance is a unification of Live Music and Dance.
Calligraphy Dance combined the art of dance and Chinese calligraphy presentation.


Chinese New Year
Ching Ming
Tin Hau

Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat) Festival
Cheng Chau Festival
Birthday of Buddha

Compiled by: Glenn Welker

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