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Demystifying Classical Chinese Dance – Zi Jin Guan One of the key essential techniques for female dancers to master is known in Chinese as ‘Zi Jin Guan.’ As you can see in this picture, the dancer swings her back leg upwards, and holds that posture while staying perfectly still. This technique is especially challenging—for a dancer to literally be able to touch her back leg with her head, she must have incredible flexibility, core strength and stability.

Ramayana Ballet (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) - this classical Javanese drama-dance, accompanied by gamelan music, tells the legendary story of Rama and Shinta.

“In addition to the live orchestra accompanying each performance, there are several acts depicting live traditional Chinese instruments, like pipa and erhu.Shen Yun enacts three distinct forms of Chinese dance in its performances: classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance (for instance, dances of China’s Dai and Mongolian ethnic minorities), and story-based dance, presenting classic Chinese stories such as the legend of Mulan.