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Our Dances


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Our Dances


DUKE CHINESE DANCE

is proud to present our dances from the 2017-2018 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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Oceans


Oceans


Our piece ‘Oceans’ aims to embody the Asian American diasporic experience through choreography. As a bridge and barrier that many of our ancestors faced, the ocean was a vast expanse of both uncertainty and hope. Each of us embody a story of their sacrifice that inspires this tribute to those who came before us – they, who crossed the oceans in search of a better life for future sons and daughters.

Choreographers: Sara Yuen, Rose Wang, and Charles Huang

Performers: Amy Zhao, Andy Chen, Ashling Zhang, Caroline Zhou, Charles Huang, Demi Zhu, Edward Hsieh, Ellen Liew, Emily Chang, Esmeralda Figueras, Ethan Kwok, Grace Shen, Helen Lu, Jen Ling, Justin Ching, Katie Tsang, Lucy Dong, Mia Lu Carlson, Michelle Li, Phyllis Leong, Sara Yuen, Rena Zhong, Rose Wang, Rui Fu, Sharon Peng, Stephanie Mei, Tracey Ding, William Yang, Zhong Huang

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Legend of the White Snake


Legend of the White Snake


The Legend of the White Snake (白蛇传) tells a story of love, loss, and bittersweet victory. When a young man drops an immortality pill into a river, a white snake uses it to transform into a woman. The two fall in love and are married. A monk tries to separate the couple. He reveals the woman’s true identity, causing the husband to die of shock. The white snake clashes with the monk to rescue her husband and bring him back to life. After a tiresome battle, she emerges victorious and the couple reunites. The story has been retold across generations through various artistic forms; this dance brings one of the four great folktales of China to yet another stage.

Choreographers: Jen Ling, Katie Tsang, Ashling Zhang, Demi Zhu

Performers: Christine Wang, Lauren Willis, Stephanie Zhang, Mia Lu Carlson, James Feng, Sheena Ma, Andy Chen, Coco Chen, Charles Huang, Katie Tsang, Yilin Yang, Demi Zhu, Xiaoxiao Cai, Ayden Sng, Rose Wang, Peter Yang, Sara Yuen, Ashling Zhang

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Creation


Creation


This piece tells the story of the Chinese creation myth and the god Pan Gu. As the legend goes, all of the substances of the universe were once contained in an “egg”, its energies creating Pan Gu, who awakens and breaks open the egg into two pieces, separating the dark yin to form the earth and the light yang to form the heavens. For the next 18,000 years, Pan Gu holds the two halves apart and eventually exhausts himself to death, leaving his body to transform into every natural element of the earth. Our dance showcases a traditional Chinese dance style to reflect upon this ancient tale, depicting a world that begins with peace, breaks into lively chaos, and ultimately achieves balance and unity.

Choreographers: Mia Lu Carlson & Tracey Ding

Performers: Amy Zhao, Ayden Sng, Kevin Tian, Mia Lu Carlson, Michelle Dantzler, Rena Zhong, Tracey Ding

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Love on a Rainy Night


Love on a Rainy Night


This dance was inspired by a desire to combine the traditional and contemporary elements, thus giving birth to a new definition of what Chinese dance constitutes. This fusion represents our evolution as dancers – discovering and embracing modern flare while always staying attached to our traditional roots. Through alternating presentations of artistic style, we tell the story of a young couple searching through night and rain to find each other.

Choreographers: Phyllis Leong and James Feng

Performers: Christine Wang, Eugene Wang, Lauren Willis, Cheng Rui Fu, Sheena Ma, Stephanie Zhang

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Goddess of Dunhuang


Goddess of Dunhuang


Dunhuang Dance originates from the beautiful artwork that adorns the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China. This artwork depicts the beauty and elegance of feitian, flying goddesses, while they playfully dance across the sky and cheerfully play their instruments. In this dance, the goddesses awaken from a deep slumber and explore the human world. They fly around and become intrigued by what they see. With high spirits, they dance amongst the clouds that overlook the local villages. As the sun is about to set, the goddesses return to their places within their caves. This dance represents the journey of these feitian as they leave their dwelling to curiously examine the human world before the night arrives.

Choreographers: Caroline Zhou, Stephanie Mei

Performers: Mia Lu Carlson, Stephanie Mei, Katie Tsang, Ashling Zhang, Rena Zhong, Caroline Zhou

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Vigilance


Vigilance


Palace guardsmen undergo strenuous training to develop the mental resilience and physical fortitude necessary to defend with a united front. Beyond just endurance and technique, however, the drilling instills in them the value of selfless comradeship. All goes well until they are suddenly under siege, and everything is put to the test. Relying on their unique strengths and strong allegiance to each other, the defenders ultimately emerge victorious.

Choreographers: Sharon Peng and Andy Chen

Performers: Andy Chen, Ayden Sng, Charles Huang, Coco Chen, Edward Hsieh, Grace Shen, Jason Liu, Lucy Dong, Sharon Peng, Simon Jiang, XiaoXiao Cai, Yilin Yang

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DCD X Temptasians: Love in the Air


DCD X Temptasians: Love in the Air


We are extremely excited to present our first ever DCD x Temptasians open dance! This year, we’ve opened up the dance to the Duke community, and heartened to witness such enthusiasm from our peers at Duke. We truly hope that you can de-stress to the light-hearted tune of this song! Temptasians will be singing “告白气球”, or in English, “Love Confession” composed by Jay Chou. With this, we wish to show gratitude to all of our friends who have supported us along the way. Love is sharing; this is our gift to you. Sit back, relax, and feel the palpitating love in the air!

Choreographers: Phyllis Leong and Stephanie Mei

Dancers: Temptasians, Phyllis Leong, Stephanie Mei, Stephanie Zhang, Edward Hsieh, Michelle Dantzler, Lucy Dong, Joanne Zheng, Emily Meng, Steven Yang, Chengrui Fu, Xiaoxiao Cai, Ava Xu, Vivian Qi, Lauren Willis, Sheena Ma, Yilin Yang, Katie Tsang, Yunhao Qing, Natalie Yu, Tracey Ding, Coco Chen, Theresa Tong, Wenfei Jiao, Eugene Wang

SINGERS: Alice Liu, Andrew Zheng, Ashling Zhang, Bob Ding, Caleb Chiang, Cassie Xin, Elaine Zhong, Emily Chang, Henry Yu, Jacob Liang, Jay Im, Jia Jia Shen, Jonathan Chou, Lingrong Jin, Maddie Hsiang, Mitchell Kim, Philjae Chang, Stacy Chen, Walker Eacho, Wenqin Wang, Yilu Lu, Ziwei Zhang


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Ascending Descendans of the Dragon


Ascending Descendans of the Dragon


Our company dance is a fun dance that seeks to include as many DCD members as possible, featuring segments of each class (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) as well as group choreography. For this year’s Company Dance, the music deliberately fused a traditional instrumental with modern hip-hop, showcasing the interwovenness of different styles & eras and the identities they represent.

Choreographers: Lauren Willis, Eugene Wang, Coco Chen

Performers: Mia Lu Carlson, Edward Hsieh, Sharon Peng, Rose Wang, Katie Tsang, Yilin Yang, Sheena Ma, Stephanie Mei, Rena Zhong, Ashling Zhang, Jennifer Ling, Xiaoxiao Cai, Charles Huang, Peter Yang, Andy Chen, Ellen Liew, Michelle Li, Amy Zhao, Chengrui Fu, Ethan Kwok, Esmeralda Lunde, Demi Zhu, Sara Yuen, Stephanie Zhang, William Yang, James Feng, Christine Wang, Kevin Tian, Lauren Willis, Coco Chen, Eugene Wang, Ayden Sng, Grace Shen, Phyllis Leong