Jookin’ on the Great Wall

Jookin’ is a style of street dance that originated in Memphis, Tennessee, and has been perfected by a young dancer from Memphis named Charles Riley, nicknamed Lil Buck. Last year, Lil Buck was invited to join a cultural...

Modern Dance Comes to China

For most of the beginning of the 20th century, China focused on promoting ballet, folk dance, and traditional opera, but with the growing popularity of different dance styles, such as salsa and hip-hop, modern dance has also...

Mao’s Last Dancer

The Houston Chronicle reviews Mao’s Last Dancer, a film about ballet dancer Li Cunxin, who was the first person in the cultural field to defect from China: Directed by Bruce Beresford from a screenplay by Jan Sardi,...

Still Dancing in Her Dreams

The New York Times tells the story of dancer Liu Yan, who was paralyzed while rehearsing for the Olympics opening ceremony last August in Beijing: Today, after recuperating for more than six months at No. 306 Military Hospital...

Salsa Fever Sweeps into China

From the International Herald Tribune: This week’s third annual China Salsa Congress in Beijing, which features four days of performances and competition, highlights the growing popularity of salsa in China. Salsa was...

Chinese Extravaganza Uses Valley as a Backdrop

The New York Times reviews Zen Shaolin, an artistic extravaganza performed outside in Henan Province: For those who were dazzled by the opening of the Beijing Olympics earlier this month, that ceremony had its roots in shows...

China Cultural Revolution “Not All Bad” For Ballet

From Reuters: As a young ballet dancer, Zhao Ruheng would traipse across the Chinese countryside performing a carefully selected repertoire to factory workers and peasants and do her bit for the now notorious cultural...

From the Erotic Domain, an Aerobic Trend in China

From The International Herald Tribune: Clad in knee-high leather boots, spandex shorts and a sports bra, Xiao Yan struck a pose two feet off the ground, her head glistening with sweat and her arms straining as she suspended...

Troupe of Disabled Performers Aim to Surpass Limits

In Beijing, where one million people are disabled, only seven percent have gainful employment and few have promising futures. However, a performance troupe of 88 deaf and disabled dancers, musicians, and artists are succeeding...

Video: ‘Hip-Hop Grannies’ Take the Stage

Grandmothers are joining cheerleaders on the stage and on the airwaves, reports Voice of America, and they call themselves “The Hip-Hop Grannies.” Wu Yi retired at the mandatory age of 55. Bored at home, she saw...

Dance: Fei Tian (飞天)

“Fei Tian(飞天),” performed by seven girls from Guangzhou, became the most popular dance during Chinese CCTV New Year’s Gala. The inspiration for the dance came from Dunhuang’s mural art. Fei Tian is...

Dance: She without Arm, He without Leg

Few of China’s social problems have received more attention than the trend away from community and towards cold self-preservation. In “Hand in Hand,” disabled dancers Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei place this problem...

Gun-Toting Ballerinas Launch Beijing Arts Complex – Jonathan Watts

From Guardian Unlimited: Ballerinas with machine guns will grace the stage for the first performance at China National Grand Theatre, when the spectacular arts complex opens its doors on Tuesday. The Red Detachment of Women(Á∫¢Ëâ≤®òÂ≠êÂÜõ) ballet is one of seven shows that will be put on during a trial of the silver, egg-shaped building designed […]

China to Modify School Dance Plans to Calm Parents – Reuters

From Reuters via China will ensure that children taking part in new compulsory dance exercises at school do so in large groups, an attempt to calm parents worried about puppy love blossoming between their offspring, local media reported. The Education Ministry said in June it was introducing seven sets of dance steps to all […]

Hip-Hop in Shanghai

On YouTube, a video which, as Shanghaiist says, is “good for a few minutes of head-bobbing amusement.”



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