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The performances in this collection were filmed at the Beauty of Jasmine Chinese Music and Dance Concert at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center for the Arts in March of 2012. The program was presented by the Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts Program (CMDAP), led by director Hong Shao. CMDAP is an educational performing and visual arts program that promotes the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture.

The videos can be used for teaching and integrating a variety of content at different grade levels. Primary teachers can use the videos to provide cultural context for stories in their reading programs. Chinese language teachers can use them to teach Chinese culture and as a springboard for enlivening language instruction. Arts and humanities teachers can use them to teach the elements of music and dance as well as the humanities and purposes of the art forms.

  • Golden Snake Wild Dance

    In this video, a student percussion ensemble performs a popular Chinese song "Golden Snake Wild Dance." This song is popular throughout China and in Chinese communities in the United States. It is often performed as part of a Chinese New Years parade when enormous dragons made of paper or fabric are carried through the streets on long poles. Golden Snake is another name for golden dragon. In Chinese folklore, the dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good fortune. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

    Grades: K-6
  • Children's Song & Dance

    This performance combines Han and minority ethnic Chinese traditions. The first two songs and dances are from the Han tradition, while the others are from minority traditions. The costumes are from the Uyghur people, who live mainly in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northeastern China. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

    Grades: PreK-6
  • Gu Zheng Solo: Spring on Snowy Mountain

    Chen Zhou, a gu zheng soloist and teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, performs "Spring on Snowy Mountain," a work by contemporary Chinese composer Shang-E Fan. Fan's works for zheng are so highly regarded that they have been adopted into the official examination repertoire for zheng music in China. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

    Grades: PreK-12
  • Radiant Smile

    Students in the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts Program perform an original contemporary dance. "Radiant Smile" or "Golden Smile" is a popular contemporary song for children in China. The lyrics are about beautiful flowers, fully bloomed under the bright warm sunshine. Happy children are like the beautiful flowers. They bring the world harmony, joy, and good prospects. The costumes and the movements represent flowers blooming and swaying in the sunshine. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

    Grades: PreK-5
  • Tai Ji Dance

    In this performance, students demonstrate Tai Ji, a popular cultural exercise program from China. People gather in parks or other designated areas in their community and practice Tai Ji together. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

    Grades: K-6
  • Pipa Ensemble

    Students from Garth Elementary School in Georgetown, Kentucky, and the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance and Arts Program (CMDAP) perform three songs on the pipa, a Chinese stringed instrument. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

    Grades: PreK-12
  • Mongolian Folk Dance

    Students from the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts Program (CMDAP) perform a folk dance in the traditional Mongolian style. This dance, like many Mongolian folk dances, celebrates the importance of horses and horseback riding. In Mongolian culture, children learn to ride when they are as young as three years old. The style of the dance is bold, with a combination of locomotor and nonlocomotor movements. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

    Grades: PreK-12
  • Blooming Flower Fan Dance

    In this video, students from the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance and Arts Program (CMDAP) perform “Blooming Flower,” a Chinese fan dance. The Blooming Flower Fan Dance is a folk dance in the ceremonial/artistic tradition. The costumes, hairstyles, and fans combine with the choreography to create a mood of lighthearted joy as the dancers represent flowers emerging from the ground, swaying in the wind, and opening their faces to the sun. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

    Grades: PreK-12
  • Choral Performance

    In this choral performance video students perform, "Ocean Is My Hometown" and "Jasmine Flower," in Chinese and two students perform a ribbon dance during part of the performance. "Ocean is My Hometown" was written for the 1983 Chinese film, "The Calling of the Sea." When the film became a big hit, the song gained popularity. The second song performed by the choir, "Jasmine Flowers," also provokes a strong emotional response and is very popular. It was performed at the Olympics in 2008. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Beijing Opera Dance

    This performance by students in the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts program pays tribute to the rich pageantry of Beijing Opera. Beijing Opera is a uniquely Chinese form of theater that combines colorful costuming, elaborate face painting and masks, music, mime, dance, acrobatics, and stylized combat. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasminecollection.

     

    Grades: K-12

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