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Our Dances


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Our Dances


DUKE CHINESE DANCE

is proud to present our dances from the 2016-2017 season. Our dances this year reflect the wide variety of backgrounds our dancers come from. Featured in this year's annual showcase, SYNERGY, our dances represent the unification of different people and styles, all toward a common passion for Chinese dance. Check them out below! 

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Cascade


Cascade


Our dance is a fusion group piece inspired by the Dai Water Splashing Festival.
One of 55 ethnic minorities in China, the Dai minority live in the subtropical
southern region of the Yunnan Province. Their Water Splashing Festival, in
which people splash water on each other as a symbol of goodwill, occurs during
the New Year. In addition to being a religious symbol of purity, splashing water
is seen as a desire for good luck and prosperity for one another. Combining
elements of traditional Dai dance and modern western dance, we attempt to
bring out the light-hearted celebration aspect of the festival in this Dai-inspired
fusion piece.

Choreographers: AMY LI, PETER YANG, VANESSA WU

Dancers: AMY LI, ANDY CHEN, CATHERINE TSANG, CHUNXI DING, CONRAD JEONG, CHARLES HUANG, COCO CHEN, DENNIS XU, ELLEN LIEW, EUFERN PAN, HELEN LU, JAMES FENG, JENNIFER LING, JOY LI, LILLY XIE, NICOLE WONG, PETER YANG, PHYLLIS LEONG, ROSE WANG, SHARON PENG, SOPHIE ALMAN, STEPHANIE MEI, TANNYA CAI, VANESSA WU

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A Philosopher's Dream


A Philosopher's Dream


In this dance, we bring to life the existential philosophizing of Zhuangzi’s short story “The Butterfly Dream,” written around 300 BCE, during the Period of the Warring States. He dreams of being a butterfly, but wakes to wonder which is more real— Is he a man dreaming he is a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he is a man?

Our piece aims to combine a style of Chinese-contemporary dance with a piece of ancient Chinese philosophy. This combination represents who we are as Duke Chinese Dance— individuals with diverse stories having brought us to a shared passion for Chinese culture and history, sharing that similar love through dance today. With admiration for how ancient Chinese philosophers like Zhuangzi have contributed to our collective human wisdom, we reflect on and interpret his thoughts carrying them into the 21st century.

CHOREGRAPHERS: JENNIFER LING, JOY LI, SARA YUEN, WILLIAM YANG

DANCERSAMY LI, ASHLING ZHANG, CONRAD JEONG, CAROLINE ZHOU, CHARLES HAUNG, DEMI ZHU, DENNIS XU, ESMERALDA FIGUERAS, ETHAN KWOK, EUFERN PAN, GRACE SHEN, JENNIFER LING, JOY LI, JUSTIN CHING, MIA CARLSON, MICHELLE LI, NICOLE WONG, SARA YUEN, SIMON JIANG, VANESSA WU, WILLIAM YANG, ZHONG HUANG

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Down By The River


Down By The River


This piece is inspired by the festivities and joy surrounding the Chinese New Year. This holiday is all about getting together and enjoying family and friends, and that is what this piece is trying to capture. During this happy time, a group of girls go down to the Yellow River to socialize and celebrate the coming of the new year.

CHOREOGRAPHERS: DEMI ZHU, NICOLE WONG

DANCERS: AMY LI, CAROLINE LAI, DEMI ZHU, JEN LING, JOY LI, KATIE TSANG, LILLY XIE, MIA LU CARLSON, NICOLE WONG, ROSE WANG

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Mountain Hymn


Mountain Hymn


Cutting across the borders of Bhutan, India, Nepal, China, and Pakistan, the Himalayas embody a blend of these unique cultures and histories. Against this backdrop, this piece seeks to tell the story of the mountain’s nomadic traders who carry rock salt to the lowlands to trade for grain, which they depend on to survive the winter. Along this perilous journey, the traders look to the guidance of their chief and pray to the mercy of their deities for safe passage.

CHOREOGRAPHERS: CHARLES HUANG, CONRAD JEONG

DANCERS: ALEX HONG, ANDY CHEN, CHARLES HUANG, CONRAD JEONG, DENNIS XU, JAMES FENG, JASON LIU, JUSTIN CHING, VANESSA WU, WILLIAM YANG, XIAOXIAO CAI

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The Last Sun


The Last Sun


This dance draws inspiration from a Chinese myth: Once upon a time, there was more than one sun in the sky. The earth grew so hot that plants wilted and rivers dried up. The people living on the earth decided that ten suns was too many, and so sent archers to shoot down them down. The last sun they spared is the one that we see in the sky today.

CHOREOGRAPHERS: ASHLING ZHANG, DENNIS XU

DANCERS: MIA LU CARLSON, TRACEY CHUNXI DING, JAMES FENG, PHYLLIS LEONG, MICHELLE LI, STEPHANIE SHIYUAN MEI, GRACE SHEN, ASHLING ZHANG

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DCD x Temptasians


DCD x Temptasians


Students of all ages and musical backgrounds band together to form Temptasians, Duke’s one and only Asian interest a cappella organization. This year they have partnered up with us to put together an amazing collab!

CHOREOGRAPHERS: CONRAD JEONG, VANESSA WU

ARRANGEMENT BY: JONATHAN CHOU, ALICE LIU

DANCERS: AMY LI, ANDY CHEN, CAROLINE ZHOU, CATHERINE TSANG, COCO CHEN, CONRAD JEONG, DENNIS XU, ELLEN LIEW, GRACE SHEN, JAMES FENG, JUSTIN CHING, MIA CARLSON, PHYLLIS LEONG, ROSE WANG, STEPHANIE MEI, TRACEY DING, VANESSA WU, XIAOXIAO CAI

SINGERS: ALEX ZHU, ALICE LIU, ASHLING ZHANG, CHRISLYN CHOO, ELAINE ZHONG, EMILY CHANG, HENRY YU, JAY IM, JONATHAN CHOU, JOSEPH KIM, KEI YOSHIKOSHI, LINGRONG JIN, MITCHELL KIM, NANCY ZHU, STELLA LEE, VENKAT SUBRAMANIAM, WALKER EACHO, WENQIN WANG, ZIWEI ZHANG

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朋友 - Friends


朋友 - Friends


DCD joins together for the last piece of Showcase to celebrate our dancers and alumni. This year, “Synergy” represents the culmination of each and every member’s hard work and dedication. Through the community we’ve continued to develop, DCD is a dance group that cherishes friendship above all.

CHOREOGRAPHERS: ROSE WANG, SHARON PENG

DANCERS: 

(FRESHMEN) CHUNXI DING, ESMERALDA FIGUERAS, GRACE SHEN, JAMES FENG, MIA CARLSON, MICHELLE LI, PHYLLIS LEONG, STEPHANIE MEI
(SOPHOMORES) ANDY CHEN, CAROLINE ZHOU, CATHERINE TSANG, CHARLES HUANG, COCO CHEN, DEMI ZHU, ETHAN KWOK, JUSTIN CHING
(JUNIORS) ALEX HONG, ASHLING ZHANG, ELLEN LIEW, HELEN LU, JENNIFER LING, LILLY XIE, PETER YANG, ROSE WANG, SARA YUEN, SHARON PENG, WILLIAM YANG, XIAOXIAO CAI
(SENIORS) AMY LI, CONRAD JEONG, DENNIS XU, EUFERN PAN, JASON LIU, JOY LI, NICOLE WONG, SIMON JIANG, SOPHIE ALMAN, TANNYA CAI, VANESSA WU