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dance compedition v3

2018-09-25 01:34
For three days the 8th International Classical Chinese Dance Competition was hosted by NTD. It attracted over 190 dancers from more than ten different countries. Only 60 dancers made it to the finals in Manhattan. There were 10 gold winners, 5 from the junior team and 5 from the adult team. [[Vina Lee, the judge of the competition]] “For a teenager, or kids at a very young age, they are able to control their emotions, strive in their careers, and have self-discipline, while at the same time not be overly competitive. The whole team is very pure, very positive. So from this point it’s very outstanding.〞 Many dancers who grew up in the west felt that through classical Chinese dance, they learned about Chinese culture and got a deeper understanding of culture itself. [[Wu Kun Jing, Gold winner, Young men’s team, from Australia]] “Back then my Chinese was bad and I didn't understand Chinese culture. But after I stepped into [classical Chinese dance], I felt really different. The content is very deep, and I wanted to know more and more. After seeing Chinese classical dance, It feels very masculine when the boys jump, when the girls jump it’s very beautiful and elegant, and that contrast is very big.” [[Yang Meilian a Canadian from Fei Tian Art College] “I have always been in a very western society, so learning classical Chinese dance helped me understand my heritage and my culture better,” Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years. It has its own set of training methods for basic skills, physical expressions, and specific postures. It also involves learning a difficult series of techniques. It is a vast and independent system of dance. The importance is in the storytelling, which shows the bearing of the dancers. China’s deep cultural traditions are contained in classical Chinese dance, allowing its movements to be richly expressive, such that the personalities and feelings of characters can be portrayed clearly. [[Chen Bo Wei, gold medal winner of youth group competition]] “Before learning to dance, the teacher will say that if you want to learn to dance, you must learn to be a good person first. So moral quality and character are very important for dancing. If there is no morality, the performance is not good. So if you want to dance, you must first cultivate your heart and uplift your morality.” To be able to play the characters well, dancers must study and learn how they lived. [[Chen Hou Ren]] “I read a lot of literature and watched a lot of videos about Yue Fei. I studied his normal life up until the emperor gave him a gold medal. He must have had a certain mood and emotion. My most difficult moment was right before coming on stage, I need to immerse myself in this character.” The NTD dance competition aims to revive, develop, and promote authentic classical Chinese dance. It has quickly gained recognition and attracted more and more talent to participate. [[”Chen Bo Wei]] “It’s to let more people know what Chinese classical dance is. The real Chinese classical dance has not been recognized by many people. I think the Chinese classical dance [competition] hosted by NTD will let more people understand what the essence of Chinese culture is.”