The Intermediate Level is a critical step in helping students become dance artists of professional caliber. Dance instruction at this level further strengthens the skills and techniques learned in the basic level, and students enhance their body flexibility and their ability to express the forms.
In addition, instruction provides comprehensive training in body movements and nuance in Chinese dance. Students will learn the methods and techniques of Chinese dance performances that are characterized by the external expression of the dancer’s internal sensibility. Training in basic skills is combined with techniques to help students deepen their understanding and appreciation of Chinese dance.
The Intermediate Level dance training also exposes students to more advanced skills and techniques in order to cultivate their ability to precisely express the required dance forms.
Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance III, IV
These courses are a continuation of the Basic Level course to extend the body’s flexibility and capabilities, deepen the students’ grasp of the form of classical Chinese dance, and improve the expressiveness of the physical body.
Shen Yun (身韻) III, IV
These courses introduce the basic rhythmic elements of shen yun (身韻), including ti, chen, han, tian, chong, kao (提、沉、含、腆、衝、靠). In addition, representative dance movements such as yun jian zhuan yao (雲肩轉腰), yun shou (雲手) series, and yan zi chuan lin (燕子穿林) are studied.
Special Techniques in Chinese Dance III, IV
The students are trained in tumbling and somersault movements that require more advanced skills. Upon completion of this course, students should understand conceptually how specific technical movements are performed and learn to master movements such as jian zi xiao fan (腱子小翻), jian zi hou kong fan (腱子后空翻), andxuan zi 360 (旋子 360).
Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances III, IV
Building upon the basic training in folk and ethnic dance, the combinations of dance movements in this course are more complex and the content covers more variations in Chinese northeastern yang ge (秧歌) dance, Tibetan dance, and other styles. Students are expected to gain an understanding of the general character and inner emotions of the representative ethnic or regional groups and learn how cultural and environmental circumstances influence artistic styles and presentation.