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Dance and Music in China

How did dance in China change over time?

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on 12 October 2015

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Calligraphic- Fancy decorative penmanship
Ballad- A light simple song
Primeval- Associating with the first age or ages of the world
Societal- Of relating to society
C-pop- Chinese pop
K-pop- Korean pop
J-pop- Japanese pop
Synchronized- To occur at the same rate and time
Contemporary- Type of expressive dance that combines different dance
genres such as lyrical, modern, ballet, and jazz
Liquid Dancing- A type of dance that shows the illusion of liquid movements.
Semiology- Meaning/interpretation
Las - Moral to a story

Chinese dance is all about symbolism when they express the feelings of a dancer through their motions. Throughout the years, dance has been performed for various reasons such as to represent beliefs, military, old time legends, and to entertain royals, but it spread to the common people of China in the Tang dynasty. Over time it changed to more modern music turning from graceful to a more hip-hop or pop style, some examples include K-pop, C-pop, and J-pop. It also started becoming more of an entertainment purpose rather than for the symbolism of spiritual beliefs.
Symbolizes the feelings and thoughts of the dancer.
(Most of chinese dance was based off this single point.)
Chinese dance is rich in their ability to express a variety of feelings, be it happiness, sorrow, joy, anger, grief, delight, the emotions that come with parting and reuniting, insanity, infatuation, sickness, tipsiness, solemnity, ignobility, and majesty, as well as civil, military, and other personalities and stories.
Costumes didn't change for each dance in religion.
The principles of the dance remain the same but the only difference is different moves were created as the dances developed.
A new type of chinese dance called Chinese Ballet emerged.
In modern China, pop music such as K-Pop, C-Pop, and J-Pop are popular.
-Commonly, young people that are going to start dancing join or study ballet and modern dance. After they have done that, they study the technique and syntax of traditional Chinese dance. Later on, they find out new directions for Chinese style movements and body expressions
Chinese Ballet is currently performed for diverse purposes that weren't too much about tradition.

Modern Dance/music

There are 4 societal functions, those are morals, las, politics, and music. Having music as one of four social events this shows that music was very vital for the chinese.
In primeval times, dance was solely a religious ritual with symbolism and expression rather than a form of entertainment.
The Shaman, Cham, and Lion dance are all performed to push away evil spirits.
Chinese Ballet is performed to represent war/military

Ancient Dance/music
The Chinese Ribbon Dance consists of dancers channeling their emotions by waving long strips of silk ribbon, making calligraphic designs similar to rainbows and dragons. It originated during the Han dynasty, but evolved mainly during the Tang dynasty, the Chinese Ribbon Dance was created in the Han dynasty, though mostly associated with in the Tang Dynasty.Similar to the sleeve dance, the legend of the Chinese Ribbon dance is of an assassination attempt on the emperor. However, an official saved the emperor's life by blocking the assassin's sword with his long silk sleeve. The ribbons in the dance usually are 5 to 12 feet long, in festive colors such as red to represent happiness, and are attached to a small stick manipulated by the dancer. The ones used in this particular dance are 1 foot wide and 12 feet long in length.
The dragon dance is a type of traditional dance in Chinese culture. This dance was originated in China which occurred in the Han Dynasty ( 206 BCE-220 CE ). This dance was performed to respect dragons, as they symbolized goodness, fertility, supernatural powers, and according to myths, it brought tremendous fortune and triumph in the year ahead for all. That's why they to this dance in their New Year. The dragon dance is also believed to be a giver of rainfall as dragons are considered the governors of rainfall. In china, dragons are deeply embedded in their heart and soul. The dragon dance a way of expressing gratitude to this mythological creature. In the Dragon dance, the dragon’s paper body is stretched on a bamboo frame which is placed on sticks that the dancer would hold. The beating gongs and drums create a rhythm for the dancers.
They would hold a humongous dragon, attached to bamboo sticks which people would hold and dance around.

The lion dance dates back to the Han Dynasty (205 BCE to 220 CE in China) and during the Tang Dynasty (716 to 907 CE) it was at its peak. It was particularly performed during religious festivals.The Lion dance is practiced and performed to push away ghosts and other evil spirits. In Chinese culture, evil spirits are afraid of loud noises, because of that the Chinese use firecrackers to produce as much noise as they can.

Chinese Ballet
Origins of the Fan dance date back to the Han Dynasty (205 BCE to 220 CE in China) and during the Tang Dynasty (716 to 907 CE) it was at its peak. Fan dancing is used to pass down traditions and stories of the Chinese culture. They also served as entertainment for the audience. The costumes were used as a part of the story being told. The fans are adorned by feathers, jewelry, bamboo, and other native decor. This is why the fans bring beauty to the dance.

Pop music in China has been around for 60 years. The pop music is a combination of Chinese and Western countries' music. In the people's republic of China, from 1920-1949, Chinese pop music was used to describe contemporary music that was sung in Chinese dialects in Shanghai. Pop music gained popularity in dancehalls and nightclubs of major cities. This was in 1920. In the late 1920s to 1950s, radio stations began playing C-pop music. C-pop has many different music styles such as hip hop, light rock, ballads, pop, and R&B.

Why They Dance
To commune, tons of citizens utilize sound. Unlike orally speaking, a dancer’s method to interact and
is with his/ her limbs and body. Dance has its own unique vocabulary, semiology, and linguistic structure in China. They danced for entertainment, religious rituals, festivals, enjoyment, and informative purposes over the years.
How Did Dance In China Change over time?
Dance in China

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Chinese ballet was first displayed in the royal palace during the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1911), and later in the 1920s Russian ballet dancers came to Shanghai to teach and train professional dancers. In 1954 the first ever chinese ballet school was created, it was called Central Ballet Troupe of China. The school had then performed to China their dancing in 1959. The Central Ballet Troupe of China is now called the National Ballet of China. Chinese ballet is formed to express the feelings of the Chinese and show emotion towards the culture.
K-pop was influenced by modern street style and American hip hop. K-pop bands are especially known for their synchronized dances. Street jazz, contemporary, and modern dance are associated with K-pop. The boy bands have a masculine type of hip hop dance that is mixed with locking, popping, floating, martial arts, liquid dancing, and waving. Girl groups in K-pop produce a more jazzy hip hop dance. Clothes were like American hip-hop clothes in our modern dance.
Into the 21st century, Chinese ballet has entered a flourishing new phase, featuring greater diversity. All kinds of genres have appeared, such as dramatic, modern, and contemporary, as well as ballets assimilating Chinese cultural elements. Various dresses were worn to perform this dance for diverse beliefs.
Why We Chose This Question
Our group had a mutual relationship of China's sophisticated art forms and essentially we favored dance. In the 21st century, Chinese dance has enhanced immensly and many new forms of dance have been establised with influence. So we saw connections with change over time and digged to find deeper changes.

Through colorful storytelling, Shen Yun explores these “heavenly” traditions and captivates audiences with depictions of ancient legends and heroic tales using song and dance.
1 person, at minimum is required to perform the dance.
Sometimes pictures were created with the fans.
Top Combine is a Mandopop boy band. The group formed in 2007 with the members Bird Zhang, Mars Ma, Kenny Liu, Caesar Li, and Tanas Kim.
Fun Fact
Beliefs in China were not passed on for several years and that's why Shen Yun was formed.
Here is what a dancer said
Are these beliefs still embraced in China today?
Jialing Chen : Sadly, no. The Communist Party took over 60-some years ago, and many things have been lost. The generations that followed, and even Chinese living outside the mainland like myself—we grew up without a true sense of our heritage. It's a shame, and it's also a main reason why Shen Yun was established. Our mission is to revive China's traditional culture and share it with people all over the world.

Loose dresses were wore while doing the ribbon dance so they could move gracefully.
Clothes in k-pop.
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A version of lion dance resembling modern lion dance was described by Tang poet Bai Juyi in his poem , where the dancers wear a lion costume made of a wooden head, a silk tail and furry body, with eyes gilded with gold and teeth plated with silver, and ears that moves.
Chinese dance costume didn't change , however costume went through colossal changes in primevel times in China . Based on diverse culture and belief, Chinese dance costumes are wore.
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