A long-established Richmond dance school is hosting a gala this summer to showcase authentic Chinese traditional dance.
The gala, held by Colours of Dance Academy, will take place at Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby on June 23.
It will include a diverse selection of programs that represent the dance styles of different ethnic groups and religions in China, including dances originating from Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, according to the school’s principal Jasmine Zhang.
“China has a large territory and there are many different types of Chinese dance influenced by different cultures and regions. We hope to show how diverse Chinese dance is,” she said.
One of the headliners is a “poetic dance” program inspired by Chinese landscape painting – the performers will use their dance moves to “paint” a landscape picture on stage.
“It’s a program that’s very well-known in China, but it’s also a very difficult program,” said Zhang.
“Many people don’t have the opportunity to go to China to watch the program live, so we decided to challenge ourselves and bring the performance and artistic concept behind it on our stage here.”
For the students, the gala gives them an opportunity to shine on stage, added Zhang.
“Many students are busy with school, work and family life, and dance is a way for them to take a break from their busy life and enjoy art,” said Zhang.
“For me, what dance brings to people is pleasure and hope.”
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