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Lecture Series on Chinese Dance: ''The Beauty of Chinese Dance''

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Cultural Activities Hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall

About the programme


 (Conducted in Cantonese)


The Beauty of Chinese Dance

The conceit of this workshop is to use the distinctive styles and characteristics of Chinese folk dance to explore the aesthetics and character of folk dance across cultures. Through a progressing study of hand, foot, limb and body movements and the associated emotions, the body language and dance idiom of different nationalities are compared and analysed in terms of four areas: the movements and configurations of the hands, the pace of ascent of the feet, the turning and dynamic points of the body, and the emotions from within. Through demonstrations, exposition and the participation, audiences will have the opportunity to experience first hand the emotions and nuances of various dance movements in a relaxed and lively learning environment, which would enrich their knowledge of Chinese dance and enhance their aesthetic appreciation of the art form.

The movements and configurations of the hands (1) 8th May

The movements and configurations of the hands (2) 15th May

In Chinese dance idiom, the hands are an effective and expressive way to define a pose or enhance the visual impact of figuration. In this workshop series, we will look at the ‘peacock hands’ of the Dai ethnic group, the ‘wild goose’ hands of the Mongolians, and the ‘crane hands’ of the Koreans. We will learn how to shape the hands and arms for different ways of expression, and appreciate the aesthetics from each stylized movement.

The pace of ascent of the feet (3) 22nd May

The pace of ascent of the feet (4) 29th May

The ancient Chinese saying of “stamping one’s feet to mark the rhythm” points to the importance of observing rhythm in dance. Examples are the Kick-and-Stamp Dance of Tibet and the Flower Drum Lantern Dance of Anhui.  The latter has been described as to be so infectious that “when the gongs and drums sound, one’s feet become itchy”. By understanding more about rhythms in dance and fortifying leg control, we can see why the stamping footwork has a charm of its own.

The turning and dynamic points of the body (5) 5th June

The turning and dynamic points of the body (6) 12th June

The ‘waist’ is the most stylistically significant part of the body in Chinese dance movements.  There is a ‘waist straining’ movement in the yangge dance of Jiaozhou, ‘twist the waist’ movement of the yangge dance of northeastern China, and the ‘three curves’ of Dai dance.  Movements like these require an absolute control over the muscles of the waist for accurate expression of dynamics, including the range, exertion, timing and leverage.

The emotions from within (7) 19th June

The emotions from within (8) 26th June

This aspect of dance refers to the clear indication of the psychological state and the injection of emotions into the movements.  During the course, we shall learn dance episodes in Chinese ethnic and folk dance through empirical, physical, psychological and emotive expressions. It is hoped that the process would inculcate in the participants dance aesthetics that have an emotive basis and a sensitivity to tension – the ultimate in dance.


Each talks last for 2 hours without intermission.

The Speaker


Chung Ching has been teaching dance for twenty years. She holds an M.Lit degree in Dance History from the Chinese National Academy of Art and an MA degree in Cultural Studies from the Lingnan University.  She is currently an Examiner (Dance) of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, a member of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, Director of the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center, and founder of the Hong Kong Contemporary Youth Dancers. Over the years, she has been invited to give talks on Chinese dance culture and dance workshops.  Since 1995, Chung has been a lecturer and instructor of dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and other higher institutes. She was also invited to be an adjudicator in dance competitions all over Hong Kong, and has represented Hong Kong on touring performances of dance in the United States, the U.K. etc..




Tickets will be available from 8 April onwards at all UERBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.


Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities, full-time students and recipients of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA).  (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis.)


10% off for each purchase of standard tickets of 4 talks. 15% off for each purchase of standard tickets of 8 talks.


Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform box office staff at the time of purchase.


Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999




Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk


The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.



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