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Chinese Classical Dance
Chinese classical dance differs from other forms of artistic expression in its rich cultural heritage. The beauty of Chinese classical dance is a cultural treasure that should be shared with the world. The dance artists at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts regard promoting and advancing Chinese classical dance to the global stage as their historical mission.
Chinese Classical Dances Possesses a Unique Artistic Style
Chinese classical dance has a very unique identity and style, with refined and sophisticated characteristics. It encompasses the Chinese culture and is a part of the heritage that has been passed down through the long history of China. This unique essence originates from China's long history and distinguishes Chinese classical dance from other art forms. It includes the human virtues of truthfulness, benevolence, and beauty.
Chinese classical dance is not merely about exploring posture, gesture and movement techniques. It is the seamless succession of this essence and an exhibition of the performer's grasp of the artistry. It is displayed in finesse and elegance, the beauty of the body in motion, and the controlled expression of strength and power.
Chinese Classical Dance is Different from Other Forms of Art
Even though Chinese classical dance has some commonalities with other technical and artistic forms, such as martial arts, battle dance, and ballet, the expression and requirements are completely different. Although there are some similarities in the body movements, the rhythm, form, approach, and poses are all different. The inner meaning and essence are also quite different.
For example, Beijing opera and martial arts lack the most critical components of dance, which are the dance performance, body postures, and the spiritual essence in body movements.
Dance Arises from Ancient Culture and Human Nature
Chinese classical dance has been passed down from ancient China. It has been spreading among folk, imperial and ancient traditional performances from dynasty to dynasty, forming a unique posture, inner spirit, style, and breathing system. It is an art of dance that is based on the 5,000 years of Chinese culture and profound traditional aesthetics. It also embodies human nature, moral standards, and moral values.
For example, in the past, males were required to be sturdy, modest, and vigorous and to have inner depth and martial bearing. Females were required to be kind, feminine, dignified, and graceful. This is the culture's requirements of men and women, so dancers need to be able to manifest such temperaments.
The Key of Chinese Dance is Its Inner Meaning
The key to Chinese dance is its inner meaning; hence, body rhythm and body posture have become crucial to Chinese classical dance.
For example, in Chinese classical dance, different dancers performing the same posture or movement may express a different inner spirit. They can do it with flexibility or firmness cloaked beneath gentleness, they can make it very pure, they can make it very moving; they can also make it very coquettish, exaggerated, or affected.
Artistic expressions are the inner voice of the soul, and the artistic level is a reflection of the mind. An artist in Chinese classical dance not only needs to possess technical competence but also a noble character in order to fully express both the exterior form and the inner essence. If the artist possesses a beautiful spirit, such fine characteristics will be reflected in his or her performance, creating an untainted field of pure beauty. Thus, true art not only presents beauty to the eye of the beholder, but also cleanses the soul and inspires the viewer to higher states of mind.
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