A Brief History of National Folk Music and Dance Ensembles
The first national folk ensemble was directed by Igor Moiseyev. It began in the 1930s in the USSR. During this time, the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) had existed for around 10 years. Moiseyev was sponsored by the Soviet government to create dances that depicted essentialized Soviet people. Because of communism, the government had to approve everything before it was published or produced. Under Joseph Stalin, there was strong censorship and all art had to be both national and socialist.
Dancers wore traditional costumes to stir nationalistic feelings. They representents peasants from pre-industrial times, when life was simpler and the folklore man (or woman) held the key to natural wisdom. The socialist message embedded in the ensembles was evident in the uniformity of the costumes and movement. Dancers represented the Soviet people: happy and hard-working communists, interested in the overall welfare of the society. Communism was about the group, not the individual.
Ensembles following Moiseyev’s model became popular around the world and not only in communist countries. Read more »
Chinese Fan Dance dates from 2,000 years ago and was developed during the Han dynasty. The Art of Chinese Fan Dance conveys the hue, extravagance and splendour of the Chinese culture and is mesmerized by spectators all over the world. The Chinese Fan Dance highlights delicate movements with constantly changing rhythm, which is dynamic and graceful.
Chinese Fan Dances are generally divided into folk dances and classical dances. Folk dances include the kung fu fan dance, which is sometimes called the tai chi fan dance. These dances add beauty to traditional tai chi chuan exercises or kung fu exercises. Classical Fan dances are based on simple classical Chinese body movements, allowing the dance to be very soft and flowing continuously. Both Folk Fan dances and Classical Fan dances can be performed solo or part of a group.
Many Chinese Fan Dances tell stories, whether performed by a single dancer or a group. When performed, Chinese Fan Dances have a unique visual beauty. Chinese fans today are made of a variety of materials, including bamboo, silk, feathers, leaves and either painted or unpainted paper. Ornate fans are used decoratively or in fan dancing, and simpler, more durable fans may be used in everyday life.
Chinese Fan Dance is a truly beautiful dance form, it is suitable for people of all ages and levels.If you have the opportunity to learn this ancient dance you must do it!
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