Chinese Dance Fiesta 2024: Talk & Demonstration

Presented by Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre

In collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

4 May 2024, Sat, 5pm & 6pm

5 May 2024, Sun, 3.15pm & 4.15pm


(Intermission: None)

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As part of Chinese Dance Fiesta, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT) is pleased to host two dance experts to share more about the refined and expressive Chinese Han-Tang Classical Dance as well as the vibrant and unique yao ethnic dance.


4 May: Chinese Han-Tang Classical Dance

Chinese Han-Tang classical dance was created in 1979 by late professor Sun Ying of the Beijing Dance Academy, China. The dance style is inspired by the music and dance of the Han and Tang dynasties as well as the ideology of traditional Chinese opera in the Ming and Qing dynasties, showcasing the unique beauty of Chinese culture. 


This talk and demonstration will be conducted by Ms Liu Jia, an experienced instructor who teaches at the School of Continuing Education of the Beijing Dance Academy, China. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Chinese Classical Dance as well as a Master’s degree of Fine Art.


5 May: Yao Ethnic Folk Dance

The yao people have lived in the mountains and forests for a long time, making a living by farming and hunting. As a result, the dance of the yao people is closely related to hunting, farming and religious offerings. The movements of the yao dance reflect the hardworking, courageous and positive attitude towards life of the yao people. This talk and demonstration will feature one of the main types of yao dance, which is the long drum dance.


This talk and demonstration will be conducted by Ms Shao Ziwen, Deputy Head of Dance of Singapore Raffles Music College (Dance Faculty). She graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from Minzu University of China in 2012 and obtained her Masters in dance (Choreography) from Minzu University of China in 2015.


Be sure to catch the performances happening at the DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade too!

Language: Mandarin
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Chinese Dance Fiesta

Every year since 2015, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT) organises the Chinese Dance Fiesta to bring the local Chinese dance community together, with the goal of deepening the public’s understanding and appreciation of Chinese dance.


Happening from 26 Apr – 5 May 2024, look forward to a series of mesmerising dance performances, educational talks and demonstration sessions, as well as an inspiring masterclass. In addition to the dance performances at the DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade, there will also be showcases held at VivoCity Amphitheatre (26 Apr 2024), Our Tampines Hub Festive Plaza (27 Apr 2024), and Bedok Town Square (28 Apr 2024).


In the spirit of sharing the diversity and vibrancy of Chinese dance with the community, the performances will be free for all to enjoy.

Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre

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Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT) was founded in 1990 by Founding Artistic Director Madam Lim Moi Kim. The company started out as an avocational troupe offering Chinese dance training for passionate learners.


Over the years, the troupe put up many outstanding works that have left an indelible impression on its audiences both locally and abroad. In recognition of its enduring influence in the local arts scene, SCDT received support from the National Arts Council and officially became a professional dance company in 2014.


Currently led by Artistic Director Madam Neo Jenny, SCDT envisions itself to be a professional dance company that epitomises the promotion of Chinese dance through artistic and creative excellence, as well as nurturing young, promising dancers to continue its efforts.

Date & Time

4 May 2024, Sat


Esplanade Concourse


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5 May 2024, Sun


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