Chinese dance dates back over 5,000 years to the Royal Court dances of the semi-divine culture of the Zhou, Tang, and Song Dynasties, where the character of the nation was expressed through dance, incorporating movements influenced by folk stories, historic figures and classic myths and legends, and expressing society’s respect for morality, compassion, loyalty, wisdom, and trustworthiness. Ancient Chinese chose dance as an art form to pay respect to Heaven and the divine, to appreciate the universe and life, and to praise kindness and virtue. Chinese dance requires the dancers to undergo strict physical training. Actions and movements called “body techniques” need to be accurate and precise, and every action, movement and look needs to follow the preset rules of Chinese dance. More importantly, a dancer’s spiritual realm will be reflected in his or her performance so the dancer must have good mental cultivation to be able to “let the movements be led by spirit.” Therefore, the performers not only need to solidly master the techniques of Chinese dance, but also perfect their moral character and willpower in order to portray the fundamental inner meaning of the Chinese culture imparted by the divine.
The Golden Dragon is committed to promoting the art of classic Chinese dances as well as Latin dances for all students . It is important to inspire and enrich our students with this art form along with cultivating proper posture, music awareness, and coordination.