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Dates for Spring 2017 Auditions:
Sun 1/29 @ TBA
Thurs 2/2 @ TBA
Hope to see you there!

Fei Tian Dancers Upcoming Performances

FTD Showcase, Sun 4/16 @ Anna Head Alumni Hall

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Fei Tian Dancers

Fei Tian Dancers (FTD) is a community of University of California, Berkeley students passionate about dance and dedicated to presenting Chinese culture to the Bay Area.

There are 56 ethnic groups in China, each with unique traditions that inspire art and dance. To showcase the complexity, grace, strength, and creativity of Chinese dance, and the diversity of Chinese culture, the FTD performing team incorporates classical, ethnic, and modern Chinese dances into its repertoire and performs throughout the Bay Area, at university events, performing arts venues, schools, festivals, community centers, and special events. FTD began in 2003 as China Dance Theatre (CDT) to not only support dancers in developing their Chinese dance technique but also spread greater awareness of Chinese ethnic cultures. In 2007, CDT was renamed FTD following administrative and structural changes and now has three areas of focus: the FTD performing team, the Beginning Chinese Dance Decal, and youth outreach workshops partnered with the Northern California division of Families with Children from China.

For UC Berkeley students interested with little or no experience with Chinese dance, we encourage you to take our Beginning Chinese Dance Decal offered every spring semester to introduce the fundamentals of Chinese dance.
For those with more Chinese dance experience, we hold auditions for the FTD performing team at the beginning of every semester.




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Auditions

Attire
No baggy pants, jeans, or baggy shirts.
Bring dance shoes (ballet shoes, jazz shoes, etc.) or your bare feet.

The Audition Itself
Warm-ups are done as a group for the first few minutes. We will be teaching you a short dance sequence, then you will have a chance to perform what you learned. We will be looking for: attention to detail, ability to pick up choreography, performance skills, etc. All returning members will be auditioning as well, so everyone will have an equal chance to be in the piece.



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Decal

Interested in learning Chinese Dance? Join the Beginning Chinese Dance Decal offered every spring.
Email decal.chinesedance@gmail.com for the CCN or come to the first day of class. Class starts Feb. 3rd!
The Beginning Chinese Dance Decal was established with the objective of providing resources for Berkeley students to gain a greater understanding of Chinese culture through dance. The decal class will consist of learning two traditional routines, presentations on ethnic groups in China, and performing at the FTD Spring Showcase!

The class is only offered as P/NP and can be taken for 1-2 units.

More information is posted on the decal website!

Please contact us at decal.chinesedance[at]gmail[dot]com if you have any questions!
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FAQ

DeCal

How do I enroll?
To enroll in the Decal, visit the Decal webpage and find the CCN for our course, or shoot us an email. Use the CCN to add the class on Telebears. Alternatively, come to the first day of class. The date is listed in the Decal portion of our website.
How many units is this class?
The Decal is 1 or 2 units.
What is the time and place for this class?
For Spring 2016, classes will be held on Wednesdays 6pm-8pm in 3108 Etcheverry.

Club

How much is the club fee?
Club fees are $30. These fees go to paying for costumes and banquet.
What is the time commitment like?
Practice times and frequency depend on the choreographer and dancers' schedules. They are typically 3-4 hours a week. We may also offer minipieces, which require less time committment, typically 1-2 hours a week.



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Contact

If you have any questions or inquiries about our group, please email us!

If you are interested in having Fei Tian Dancers perform at your event in the San Francisco Bay Area, please email us at the address below.
Fei Tian Dancers: dance.chinese[at]gmail[dot]com

If you have any questions regarding the Beginning Chinese Dance DeCal, please email the DeCal Coordinators at the address below.
Chinese Dance DeCal: decal.chinesedance[at]gmail[dot]com


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Multimedia

Han: Hues

Adapted by Ellen Qi and Bethany Li



Li: Silhouette of Li

Silhouette of Li is a straw hat (douli) piece from the Li minority living on the Hainan Island in Southern China. This dance expresses gratitude and appreciation fot the rain that nourishes the land, allowing life to flourish in the beautiful, subtropical environment of Hainan Island.
Adapted by Anna Liu and Mengyao Xu.



Mongolian: Blessings from the Heart

This is a a warm, welcoming piece in which the dancers give their blessing, each in her own way, to the audience. It is an opportunity to share happy experiences through dance.
Adapted by Ellen Qi and Robyn Zhang.



Contemporary: Sword Lily

This dance is characterized by swift, flowing, tenacious movements of the sword and body contrasted with crisp, sharp standing positions. The dancers' moves are executed with strength and speed but also with elegance, beauty, and grace.
Adapted by Ellen Qi and Emma Levine.



Uyhgur: Red Flowers

Red Flowers is a Uyghur dance piece. Uyghurs, from the Turkic ethnic group,live predominately in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region located in Northwest China. The typicalposture is a tilted head, thrust chest and erect waist, demonstrating their bravery, confidence, andopenness. This dance expresses the idea that a woman is like a red flower, full of energy and youth, making her so irresistible.



Han: Qian Hong

Qian Hong is a Han fan dance that is a more modern style of traditional Chinese dancing. It is performed to a song that is historically well known in Chinese culture showcasing strength and perseverance.



Han: Murmurs of Spring

Spring's warm breezes and light rains awaken delicate flower buds. In the Chinese culture, the flower blooming symbolizes growth, hope, and fulfillment of prosperous beginnings into our lives. Dancers imitate the sprouts as they determinedly push out of the ground and blossom into beautiful flowers.



Tibetan: Kang Ding Love Song

Kang Ding Love Song is a popular Chinese folk song showcasing the beauty of Tibetan girls and the unique landscape of the Tibetan frontier. In this dance, Tibetan ladies show off their lively character and playful spirit as they fight over a scarf, the token of a young man's heart, in their search for love.



Water Girls

This stunning dance from the Southern China is an expression of the Miao tribe's love of nature. The dances from this tribe are often playful and mimic the movements of birds or animals. Here, the dancers' movements flow between that of maidens playing in water to the movements of water itself. Despite the long, formal costumes, the Miao tribe's characteristic freeform movements and playfulness still come through. Adapted by Jessica Cen, Jessica Zhang, and Michelle Chang, Water girls is the first Miao dance performed by FTD.

Red is Red, Green is Green

Red is Red, Green is Green is a peacock dance from the Dai culture. The southern part of Yunnan province, where the Dai people live, is a lush forest home to many incredible animals. The peacock is a Chinese symbol for beauty, good luck, and happiness, and honesty. This dance reveals a playful side of the Dai girls. With their graceful hands they imitate jade green peacocks that peek coyly over their bright red umbrellas. Adapted by Sandra Feng and Grace Lin.

Ode to the Plum Blossom

In the Chinese culture, the plum blossom is a symbol of humbleness,courage, and hope as it is one of the few flowers that blooms in the winter, particularly during a snowstorm. As spring approaches, while other flowers bloom, the plum blossom falls to the ground, nourishing the other flowers. "Ode to the Plum Blossom" is an ethnic Han dance that depicts this epic journey of the flower, originally choreographed by Chen Lili and adapted by Iris Wu and Jessica Cen.

Papercut Girls

The craft of paper cutting originated in China in the 4th century A.D. shortly after the invention of paper. Creating cutouts to decorate doors and windows is an activity associated with festivities and excitement. "Papercut Girls", choreographed by the Beijing Military Dance Troupe and restaged by Sandra Feng and Sophie You, is a Han ethnic dance that revives the fascinating historical craft in an energetic dance.

Flying Horses

Mongolia is known for its glaciated mountains and blistering Gobi Desert, but between these two geographic extremes lies the 200-million-acre Mongolian-Manchurian grassland, a region rich in ecologic diversity. In the modern Mongolian dance "Flying Horses," carefree horses exult in the wide expanse and beauty of their home. "Flying Horses" is originally choreographed by The Inner Mongolia University of Arts and adapted by Edith Han and Daphne Szutu.

Red Fan

Red Fan is choreographed by Meng Yan and adapted by Katherine He. It's a modern take on the traditional Han Chinese fan dance, fusing classical moves with contemporary flavor to create a startling but visually wonderful dance.

Dai Girls in Spring Rain

The Dai people, a minority ethnicity, live in the tropical southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. Gentle people who value compassion, peace, and tranquility, the Dai lifestyle relies on rivers for subsistence. Thus, water and fishing are strong motifs in Dai dances, with graceful movements that resemble the flowing quality of water. "Dai Girls in Spring Rain" represents Dai girls playing in the puddles after a storm.

Autumn Dance

The Autumn Dance is an original FTD-choreographed Han dance. Using the traditional Chinese handkerchiefs and fans, this dance celebrates the changing of seasons marked by the Mid-Autumn Festival as summer turns to fall.

Small and Solo Dances

Ah Li Lang

Wind Flow

Cresent Moon Solo

Yellow River Ribbon Solo

Shao Duo Li

Qian Hong

Wa Duet