​​​​Chinese Dance
This course focuses on learning Chinese classical dance and Chinese folk dance. The course includes general knowledge, history, and culture of Chinese classical dance and folk dance. Dance performance practice, Chinese dance appreciation, and basic skill evaluation are also key aspects of the course. Introduction of the body into dance movement practice and how to creatively apply the knowledge to other classes round out the course. 

Chinese Classical Dance  
Chinese classical dance technique/Chinese classical dance performance
Levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced

Chinese classical dance is the one of the main dance training systems in China. Almost 95 percent of dance programs use Chinese classical dance technique as their training system. It has developed from ballet technique, Chinese traditional opera, martial arts, and gymnastics. 


Chinese Ethnic/Folk Dance 
​Tibetan Dance, Uyghur Dance, Mongolian Dance,Dai Dance, Han Dance, Shanxi Drum Dance, The Northeast Yangko, 
Levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced 

​There are 56 ethnic groups in China. Each ethnic group has its own unique culture, art, and folk dance. Chinese folk dance has had an important role in Chinese history and historical development in Chinse dance. It differentiates levels of beginner, intermediate, and advanced based on the difficulty of technique and performance. 


​Ballet 
Levels: beginner, intermediate 

Using practice, investigation, viewership, and fundamental aesthetics of ballet, the students' strength and flexibility will be improved as the student practices basic steps, exercises, and combinations at the barre, in the center, and across the floor. Students will learn ballet terminology and ballet technique. Students will also develop a shared language of dance criticism and apply aesthetic interpretations and critical evaluations to recorded and live performance. 


Technology in Dance
Technology is ever changing and has been a staple element in dance for years, however today’s use of technology has become more prevalent. Students will learn fundamentals of videography and photography, website development, presentation skill development, and program making.  Students use a myriad of tools to support in the end products including but not limited to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, iMovie, Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro, MeiTu, Website Builder, and WordPress. Students will make trailers, flyers, show programs, purpose presentation, and a personal website as the final projects. 


Additional Classes:


Improvisation - all levels 

Partner - all levels

Choreography in Research
This research oriented course focuses on choreography research methodology to develop the student's creative process. Students choreograph dance forms, cultures, objects, or stories. Students choose one area of focus to build a choreography project. Students study the movement, culture, and elements behind the focus that impact the choreography decision making.  Students incorporate field study and research to support the creative process. 

Choreography in Production
Designed to develop the students skills to produce bigger work such as creating an evening production or directing a dance concert. This course helps students to build their skills collaborating with designers from multiple disciplines such as  costume, scenic, lighting, projection, sound, and technology to build the percepts as a choreographer in the 21st century. 

Course focus includes: 

  • Creative process: develop bigger work creative process
  • Staging
  • Technology: basic technology skills to use applications in dance production, such as music/video editing 
  • Presentation: skills to present the choreographer's vision to collaborators, building effective communication 
  • Collaboration: skills to work with designers, stage manager, and dancers
  • Planing: production/rehearsal schedule, budget, traveling
  • Marketing: program/website/poster/trailer design, social media, and press
  • Tech writer ​

Leadership in Dance Industry 
This course develops leadership skills in the dance industry. 

Course focus includes: 
Dance studio: 

  • Pedagogy: commutation skills, classroom management, curriculum design, lesson plan, online program design, technology in teaching, policy making
  • Marketing: website design, data management, and social media
  • Management: school culture development, staff, and budget 


Dance company:

  • Choreography in dance production
  • Management: casting, rehearsal planing, ​budget, and travel 
  • Festival application and funding
  • Marketing


Dance Festival:

  • Scheduling 
  • Funding
  • Concert directing 
  • Network development 
  • Management: travel and budget

Class Examples

Video: City Dance Festival Xing Dance Theater workshop in China.
​Student population: 60% enrolled in a B.F.A. program, 40% enrolled in a M.F.A. program or current university faculty members. 

Modern Technique
Levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced 

With a strong foundation in Chinese classical dance, I began training in modern dance. Through this personal exploration, I focused my movement research on combining of Chinese classical dance and modern dance technique. 

Resulting from my studies and research, I have created modern technique class curriculum for B.F.A., B.A.,  adult and youth students from beginner to advanced levels including Chinese classical dance technique, modern dance technique, ballet technique, partnering, and improvisation. 


Movement research example - Xing Technique