Beijing Dance AcademyMasterclass and Q&A
The Beijing Dance Academy are coming to Perth this October! Presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA at the State Theatre Centre of WA, China’s most elite dancers will take you on a journey from the grassplains of Inner Mongolia to the mountains of Yunnan in this showcase of ethnic dance. ‘Inheritance’ is a mesmerising celebration of China’s diversity, cultural heritage and the extraordinary power of dance.
Ausdance WA in conjunction with the Confucius Institute of UWA will be hosting a Masterclass and Q&A with the visiting company. This free event is open to dancers and observers who would like to learn more about the academy and Chinese ethnic dance styles.
Li Cunxin is a graduate of the Beijing Dance Academy and for those familiar with his book, Mao’s Last Dancer, Li details his experience at the academy.
The Masterclass and Q&A will be held at King Street Art Centre, Studio 3, Sunday 30th September, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., which will be before their performance at the State Theatre Centre on Monday 1 October, 7:30 p.m.
Registrations for the Beijing Dance Academy Masterclass and Q&A are now completely full! Thank you for the overwhelming positive feedback we have received.
Remember! Tickets for the Beijing Dance Academy show ‘Inheritance’ are still on sale.
Some Background on the Beijing Dance Academy
Beijing Dance Academy (BDA), known as The Cradle of Dancers, is a renowned institution of higher education of dance in China. It offers secondary school dance training, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees for professional dancers, choreographers and dance researchers.
BDA is the world’s largest educational institute for dance. Its 613,000-square-foot facility—that’s roughly the size of NYC’s Lincoln Centre —boasts 47 dance studios, which host more than 500 faculty members and upwards of 3,000 students. Entry is highly competitive and courses are offered in Chinese Classic Dance, Ethnic Dance, Ballet (Vaganova method) and Social Dance. The dancers start at 8am and can finish as late as 9 pm, with classes also on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Students live on campus in dormitories.
While the majority of students are Chinese, BDA allows international students to enrol for one or two semesters. The school is also talking with New York University about an exchange program.