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Free Water sleeve Dance Training

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Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

7700 Minoru Gate

Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9

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Participants will be taught the graceful movement of the dance. Basic Chinese opera performance will be taught to accentuate the gracefulness of the Watersleeve Dance.

After 5 weeks of Watersleeve Dance training, a Flash Mob performance will be scheduled at the conclusion of the training.

**Participants are required to buy a watersleeve (approx. $40) or rent a costume at $20 to be used in the classes.

History of Watersleeve Dance

Chinese Watersleeve Dance developed in ancient China as a way for royalty, nobles and officials to celebrate grand occasions. Young women, wearing dresses with long, elegant sleeves, would dance to imitate the movement of fairies, and the ripples of water and air.

The Chinese Long Sleeve is made of special silk. Chinese Watersleeve Dance can represent many different emotions such as, joy, sorrow, sadness and innocence. These emotions are captured in the extension of the long sleeves. Dancers need to be trained for many years to understand the essence of this ancient dance.

Chinese Watersleeve Dancers use long silk sleeves to accentuate hand and arm movements, whirling them around like banners or ribbons and snapping them like whips.


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