Fusion Dance-“A Potpourri of Western and Eastern Aesthetics”
There is a long recorded history of various forms of dance in China. The earliest Chinese character for “dance”, , written in the oracle bones, is itself a representation of a dancer holding oxtails in each hand. Some Chinese dances today such as dancing with long sleeves have been recorded since the very early periods, dating from the at least as early as the Zhou Dynasty. The most important dances of the early period were the ritual and ceremonial dances called yayue, and these dances were performed at the imperial court until the Qing dynasty, but only survive today as performances in Confucian ceremonies.
In more recent times, the art of dance in China has enjoyed a resurgence, and modern developments in Chinese dances are continuing apace. People from different ethnic groups generated a wide variety of dance forms inspired by the mother nature and their daily lifestyle. A great example is Dai dance created by Dai people living in Southwest China. Dai villagers are best known for their simple lifestyles in harmony with nature. Dai people incorporated movements that mimic different animals such as peacock, eagle and dear to their dances, which almost become part of their religion. Ms. Weiwei Fu has learned and mastered many form of traditional Chinese dance while she was a student at Shanghai Dance Academy. She also earned a B.F.A and M.F.A degree from Lindenwood University in US, where she was exposed to the Modern dance forms and techniques that are most popular in the Western world. She then created ‘fusion dance’ which was built on the foundation of traditional Chinese dance basics and Modern dance essentials.
Wei Dance is offering two weekly classes focused on fusion dance. The current rate is 100 dollars/month. Classes are held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at 6710 Clayton Road Richmond Hts. MO, 63117. In order to ensure our current members receiving the highest quality of training, we only accept a maximum of 12 students for each of these two classes. As of now, new applicants will be placed on a waiting list and the acceptance is on a rolling basis. Please contact us for details of our fusion class and discuss your options.