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Dunhuang Aesthetic Dance

This dance is choreographed and performed by dance teacher Ling Ling Pao.
Dunhuang is a town at the edge of the Gobi desert in western China. In the earliest years of the Han Dynasty (205-247 B.C.), it had become a commercial trade center, the Gateway to the Silk Road.
Dunhuang became not only a commercial metropolis but also the center of Buddhist art during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-533 A.D.) The Dunhuang Grotto is one of the most important culture treasure in the world. There are thousands of Buddhist statues in the cave.
This is a special dance that derives from the Buddhist dancing from the wall of Dunhuang Grottos.

Taiwanese Heritage

The story was told in two parts through dance. The title of the first part is Journey.
It describes the early Taiwanese immigrants coming across the Taiwan Strait from Mainland China to Taiwan.

The dance of "Taiwanese Heritage" was performed at Chicago Hilton Tower for the Chicago area Chinese New Year Celebration on 1/20/2001;at the Vernon Hills Sullivan center on 2/03/2001 for the Lake county Chinese New Year Celebration;at Oakton Community College on 2/10/2001 and in Chinatown for the celebration the Asia month on May 19 2001.

The Beautiful Spring in Taiwan

    The second part is The Beauty of Taiwan. The dance is specifically designed for presenting the life style of Taiwanese children.
     A group of lively children are helping their parents to plant seed in a field. Suddenly, it begins to rain. The children have lots of fun playing in the rain. After the rain stops, the kids are busy catching catfishes in the field. The fishes may have come from the near-by overflowed ponds.
     This dance presents the happiness and sprightliness of Taiwanese children. It also reflects the tropical weather in Taiwan which is so different from where we are now.  The dance was performed at Chicago Hilton Tower; Oakton Community College; Westmont High school and China Square, Chinatown in Chicago.

Taiwanese Aboriginal Dance (Sundee Dance)

    Sundee Dance is a traditional dance by Ami tribe. This tribe lives in the eastern coast of Taiwan. Sundee Dace is a combination of rhythm and bodily movements. The melody, the speed, the relative “hardness” or “softness” will all change in line with the movements of the body. The music and dance are used to express the power and beauty of aboriginal culture. The traditional outfits are of bright, contrasting colors and decorated with all kinds of frills and accessories.

     Sundee dance is performed during regular annual ceremonies such as New Year, harvest celebrations, as well as performed at occasional ceremonies to pray for rain, for good weather. This dance is also used to commemorate important events such as coming to age, marriage, funeral, parties, arrival of guests, etc.

XingJiang Drum Dance

The XingJiang drum dance was performed at the Chinese folk festival in Chicago on 8/15/04 and Cultural Center in Westmont, IL on 8/29/04 coached by teacher Rosa Yeh.

XingJiang is a province located at the west side of China. In the 4th century, buddhisms traveled from India to Xingjiang and across the arid Taklamakan Desert into China. Marco Polo came later in 13th century.

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