Beijing Int'l Dance Performance Series

Added On November 7, 2016

Dancers from around the world are gathering in Beijing for the 2016 Beijing International Dance Performance Series.

The event aims to promote artistic development and cultural exchanges among international dancers. 
The 2016 Beijing International Dance Performance Series is organized by Beijing Dance Academy, the cradle of Chinese dancers.
It attracts performers and experts from 15 dance troupes and schools around the world.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): GUO LEI, Dean of Beijing Dance Academy
"The 2016 Beijing International Dance Performance Series is held to build a culture brand for Beijing and establish a platform for global cooperation and exchanges among dance schools and dancers. It consists of four parts: excellent dance shows, master workshops, ballet seminars and theme exhibitions."
Guo, also chairman of the event's organization committee, highlights the "Belt and Road Initiatives" for dance shows, namely the Glamor of Oriental Dance, saying it showcases the unique cultural characters in countries along the route that links China with the reest of the world.  
As one of the core events, the dance performance shows present the beauty of different dance characteristics and styles. 
Audience can enjoy opulent performances: ballet, contemporary dance, modern dance, oriental dance, as well as classic Chinese, ethnic and folk dances.
"I'm very glad to be a volunteer this time and I enjoy the wonderful dance shows. I love the Israel dance because I can learn some special techniques from it and I have never seen those kinds from our dancers."
"I'm a student of Beijing Dance Academy and also a volunteer of this event. This event gives me the chance to see different things. The Israeli contemporary dance show is one of my favorites, it's so touching and delightful. I've never seen such kind of performances before."
For foreign dancers, traditional Chinese performances are also unique and appealing.
And some even tried the dance styles that they have never performed before.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) FRANCISCO, teacher, Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila, Philippines 
"The performances are really fantastic, such as the opening ceremony, the Israeli dance last night and the folk dances from different countries and ethnic groups. And we tried the sword dance, it was fun, it's our first time to do it."
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): GUO LEI, Dean of Beijing Dance Academy 
"The excellent dance performances will definitely encourage the students from all over the globe to refine their techniques and skills. And it is also a window to display our traditional Chinese dances to the world. We have 56 ethnic groups, with thousands of folk dances. The foreign guests are really surprised and overwhelmed when they see all those dancing styles that they have even never heard of before."
Another spotlight of this year's event is the Master workshops, which offer 10 courses of numerous styles to international students and dancers.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): WAN SU, director of Creative School, Beijing Dance Academy 
"The workshops invite excellent foreign and local dance masters to teach dancing classes of different genres. It’s a rare opportunity for the students and dancers, as they can not only learn the skills, but also communicate with the world's top-class dancers."
Eldar Aliev, one of the most well-known Russian classical ballet teachers of the 20th century, is invited into the workshop.
SOUNDBITE(Russian): ELDAR ALIEV, Russian ballet teacher 
"I enjoy working with you, dancers and students and I really enjoy being here. I think it's a wonderful event, it's a rare opportunity for us, for professional students to get together, on the table, to discuss the past, present and future of the development of classical ballet."
Students coming from different countries and cultures can share their dancing experiences at the workshop.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):FRANCO MARINETTE, Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila, Philippines
"In China, we get to learn more about culture, we get to know other countries and their traditional dances, we learn a lot and this will help us become better dancers."
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):Caitlin Campbell, Goh Ballet Academy, Canada 
"I came here with my school to do the master classes and had a ballet performance. The classes here are really good. 0030 Just the chance to see other ballet schools and the exposure to see the different way people dance. It's really a good learning experience to have all these teachers and they are really experienced, we do a lot of work with them and it's really awesome to take these classes."
"As a volunteer, I also took the masters' courses. Different from Chinese teachers', foreign masters' dancing theories are more open and free, which are like fresh air to local dancers."
As the host of the event, Beijing Dance Academy is making great efforts to make itself a world-class dance school, and to gain more and more international recognition. 
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): GUO LEI, Dean of Beijing Dance Academy 
"This event serves as a platform for our school and the Chinese dance schools at large to go out. And it is also a chance for the outside world to know more about us. By importing excellent cultures, we will take reforms to build a more open, international and high-standard dance academy."
Talking about the exporting of classical Chinese and ethnic dances, Guo says it is still a long journey ahead.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): GUO LEI, Dean of Beijing Dance Academy 
"It is not a easy job. We know the world much better than its understanding of us. The spread of our dancing cultures is one of our priorities and we will make greater efforts to make it happen. What we need to do is to establish a brand, flourish it and make it world-known."