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Chinese Dance: Ribbon Dance


The Chinese cultural dance is an inseparable part of the rich cultural traditions of China. The dance in the Chinese culture has its origin around 4th millennium BC. The unique movements and gestures of the dance forms enable a dancer to express the hidden meaning with contentment and elegance. Dance in the Chinese culture is a beautiful expression of the beauty, grace and art of their culture.

The ribbon dance is a part of the Chinese traditional dance and it is performed during cultural occasions. It has its origin during the "Han dynasty" and reaches its peak in the

"Tang dynasty". The ribbon dance was performed only for the royal people. Today, the dance has its popularity among the common people for its beauty and grace. The ribbon dance is known as "Cai Dai Wu Dao" in Chinese culture. It is performed in almost all the cultural festivals of china.

The ribbon dance is associated with the legend of man who tried to kill the emperor. A man named "Hsiang po" saved the life of the emperor by blocking the sword with his sleeve. The people of the Han dynasty designed a sleeve dance to remember him with gratitude. The dancers hold short ribbons in their hands. The ribbons symbolize the sleeve of "Hsiang po". The Han people performed the ribbon dance to show their honor and respect for "Hsiang po".

The ribbon dace has a slight change in its form during the Tang dynasty. The dancers use long colorful ribbons at the start. The dancers add the beauty of the dance form by attaching a long silk ribbon to a stick. The movement of the ribbons can create beautiful movements like the movements of a wandering dragon and beautiful rainbows in the sky. The beauty of the ribbon dance is enhanced by powerful expression of emotions.

The ribbon dance has its own unique features and movements. Generally, female characters perform the dance. The dance is performed with sharp and rhythmic movements of the body with long colorful ribbons. The dancers enjoy a lot of freedom and liberty in the particular dance form. It creates an impact of freedom of spirit and a loving heart in the eyes of the viewers. The most important part of the ribbon dance is to have a good listening skill to the rhythm of music. The body language is equally important with the music of the dance. Slow music accompanies large and flowing movements of the arm. These movements make the ribbon float above the body. The quick and the sharp movement of the hands make the ribbon flutter and add beauty and charm to the dance. The Chinese Ribbon art is an expression of art. It is popular throughout the world. The Beauty of the dance has the power to charm audiences all around the globe regardless of age and nationality. It represents the entire culture and history of the Chinese.



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