Our audition is not quite selective. It is an opportunity to find the dance(s) best for your personality and dancing ability. Our instructors will teach a small portion of each dance we are going to perform this year. You can tryout any of them and choose any number of dances. The following are the tryout schedule and difficulty rating. These dance constitute a complete showcase – Vicissitudes.
10:00 – 10:30
“Ta-lin-hu-heng” 塔林呼恒 (Intermediate)
Instructor: Nicky Zhu
The nomadic Mongols ruled China during the 13th and 14th century. Nowadays, they still span the great prairies of Northern China. “Ta-lin-hu-heng”, or the Prairie Girls in Mongolian, incorporates traditional Mongol dances elements to express the beauty and strength of the Mongol girls.
10:30 – 11:00
“Da Yue-wu” 大乐舞 (Beginner)
Instructor: Mia Luo
“Da Yue-wu” refers to the music and dances performed during festivals and banquets in ancient China. This excerpt from dance drama “Guan Gong” shows a scene in the Three Kingdom era, when Lady Gan, the wife of General Liu, was forced to perform for her husband’s enemy, Minister Cao.
11:00 – 12:00
A. “Hua Mulan” 花木兰 (Advanced)
B. Dance name TBD (Advanced)
Instructor: Tanya Xu
A.Known for a Disney adaptation, Mulan is a Chinese heroine who disguised herself as a man and became a brave soldier. This excerpt from dance drama ”Hua Mulan” discusses Mulan’s mixed identities. (Open to males)
B.This dance will be choreographed by CCDC instructor, UCLA dance major Tanya Xu, with dance theme related to the history of modern China.
For these two advanced dances, Tanya will test some basic Classic Chinese dance body rhythms and techniques during audition.
14:00 – 14:30
“Jade Dolls” 玉人舞 (Beginner-Intermediate)
Instructor: Jaclyn Yuan
Jade represents virtues in Confucianist philosophy. This excerpt from dance drama “Confucius” presents a vision of the great teacher’s idealized world.
14:30 – 15:00
“Shadows in the Wind” 汉风俪影 (Advanced)
Instructor: Jaclyn Yuan
Imagine two-thousand-year-old Han dynasty figurines coming back to life. In Han Silhouette, you become long-sleeve figurines. The dance creates a mysterious atmosphere with dramatic lighting and rhythmic dance movements.
15:00 – 15:30
“Scholars with Fans” 纸扇书生 (Intermediate)
Instructor: Kelly Cheng
Scholar is the most respected vocation in ancient China. In this dance, Daoist scholars express their spirituality through unrestrained movement, emphasizing human’s harmony with nature. (Open to males)
15:30 – 16:00
“Breeze Blows, Bell Rings” 清风响铃 (Beginner)
Instructor: Jingyuan Fu
Popular as a TV drama theme, the Qing palace has always fascinated modern people. As the last dynasty of imperial China, Qing is founded by the Manchus. This Qing palace dance highlights traditional Manchu dances and costumes.
16:00 – 16:30
“Apsaras as Musicians” 乐天舞 (Intermediate-Advanced)
Instructor: Fairy Zhang
Dunhuang Mural is the summit of Chinese Buddhist art. Tang-dynasty murals depicting Apsaras, “the Buddhist angels” dancing and playing music, reflect the optimist Buddhist philosophy and splendid Tang artistic style. This dance is a classic of Dunhuang dance – a genre of Chinese dance based on these murals.