Improvisation Duet with Chris Law

UMD 2017 Spring Advanced Technique Class
Professor: Patrik Widrig

​Live music: Bob Novak



Courses:


Chinese Dance: 

​Chinese Dance (Non-major Class)
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. 


​​Modern/Contemporary
Levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced 
One of my research areas in my MFA study at the University of Maryland is combining Chinese classical dance technique and modern dance technique.  Chinese classical dance technique was my main technique during my secondary degree study at Shanxi Drama Vocational College, my BFA study at Shanxi Academy of Arts, and my five years as a professional performer in the Huajin Dance Drama Ensemble. In addition, I took ballet technique and gymnastics technique through my 13 years of dance study in China. In 2014, I began to professionally study modern dance in the United States. At the University of Maryland, I have taken technique classes with Adriane Fang and Katie Sopoci Drake; partnering class with Alvin Mayes; advanced technique classes with Christopher K. Morgan and Patrik Widrig; and independent studies with Patik Widrig.  Resulting from my studies, I am creating a modern/contemporary technique class curriculum from beginner to advanced levels including Chinese classical dance technique, modern dance technique, ballet technique, partnering, and improvisation. 


​Choreography:
Choreography in Collaboration  

Designed to develop the students’ choreography skills, this course helps students to build their own choreographic voice and vision. It includes choreography practice, dance appreciation, giving feedback, as well as collaboration with choreographers, music, costume, setting, lighting, and technology to build the percepts as a choreographer in the 21st century. 


​Choreography in Research
This research oriented course is focus on choreography of dance forms, cultures, objects, or stories. Students will choose one focus to build a choreography project. Students will go to study the movement, culture and elements behind the focus that would impact the choreography decision making.  Students will incorporate field study and research to support the creative process. 


Pedagogy
This course is focused on improvement of teaching skill performance as a dance educator. Students will practice core competencies including classroom management, syllabus and lesson plan creation, assessment, and technology application in teaching. Students will develop a curriculum through this class. 


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. 







Movement Research 

UMD MFA Dance Independent Study 
Combining Chinese Classical dance and Modern Dance 
Professor: Patrik Widrig

Lighting Collaboration Documentary 

2016 Spring UMD MFA DANCE Choreography in Collaboration

Professor: Sara Pearson
Video: Allen Chunhui Xing

See me more in class:​​

Costume Collaboration Documentary 

2016 Spring UMD MFA DANCE Choreography in Collaboration

Professor: Sara Pearson
Video: Allen Chunhui Xing

Improvisation With Mustapha Braimah

UMD 2017 Spring Advanced Technique Class
Professor: Patrik Widrig
Live music: David Schulman