Dance – Intermediate Level

The Intermediate Level is a critical step for students in the process of becoming dance artists of professional caliber. Dance instruction at this level further builds on the skills and techniques learned at the Basic Level with an aim of enhancing body flexibility and the ability to express emotions and ideas. More difficult movement combinations are introduced that require greater coordination and range of motion for movements.

Instruction at this level provides comprehensive training in intermediate classical Chinese dance movements as well as greater attention to musical overtones, movement style, and character portrayal. Students learn the methods and techniques of Chinese dance performance that are characterized by the external expression of the dancer’s internal sensibility. Training in intermediate skills is combined with the exploration of cultural nuances in movement that help students deepen their understanding and appreciation of Chinese dance.

Training at this level also exposes students to more advanced skills and tumbling techniques in preparation for the next level.

Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance III, IV

These courses are a continuation of the Basic Level courses and continue to extend the body’s range of motion and capabilities, deepen the students’ grasp of the form of classical Chinese dance, and improve the expressiveness of the physical body. Students will be introduced to more challenging movement sequences that interlace various special techniques with fundamental movements. The courses focus on movement elongation and the development of coordination and physical control to perform combinations of increasing difficulty.

Shen Yun (身韻) III, IV

This level of shen yun seeks to reinforce the student’s mastery of the primary rhythmic elements and introduce representative dance movements such as yun jian zhuan yao (雲肩轉腰), yan zi chuan lin (燕子穿林), and qing long tan zhua (青龍探爪). Students will perform standing movement sequences that integrate the primary elements and representative movements, with further emphasis on musical expression, disposition, and character.

Special Techniques in Chinese Dance III, IV

These courses provide training in tumbling and aerial movements of increasing difficulty. Upon completion, students should understand conceptually how specific technical movements are performed and be able to demonstrate mastery of movements with increased quality and quantity. Techniques to be mastered include jian zi xiao fan (腱子小翻), jian zi hou kong fan (腱子后空翻), and xuan zi (旋子) 360.

Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances III, IV

These courses build upon prior, more basic training in the folk and ethnic dances of Greater China, and involve combinations of dance movements that are more complex. A wider variety of traditions is included, including Chinese northeastern yang ge (秧歌) dance, Uyghur dance, and southern folk dance styles. Students will deepen their understanding of the cultural nuances attributed to each region and are expected to explore and exude such nuances in their movements. Upon completion, students should be able to differentiate movements of various folk styles and demonstrate a deeper appreciation for how culture and environment influence artistic styles.