China Week always serves as a special time to engage our special connection with Chinese heritage, language, and culture. This year’s China night was a spectacular demonstration of our students’ hard work as we welcomed the Year of the Pig. Take a look at some of snapshots of the night.
Kindergarten students performed Gong Fu Fan Dance. Fan dancing is for both the young and old, men and women. In addition to being used for interior decoration, the ancient fan can also be used in martial arts training.
First grade offered a rendition of Bai Xin Nian, a recently popular Chinese New Year song by Feng Huang Chuan Qi. The song celebrates a holiday full of food, fireworks, and family.
Did you know they square dance in China? Our third graders showed off Cai Cai Cai – a passionate and goofy square dance. Square dancing gained popularity in China in the 1990s, and takes place in the nation’s parks and streets.
Fourth grade commemorated Black History Month with a dance to “Glory,” a song that pays tribute to important roles that all people played in Selma. The song used symbolism and imagery to reflect our current time and its inequality.
Zodiac Crosstalk from our Chinese Enrichment Group was up next! Crosstalk is a traditional Chinese comic performance featuring jokes and funny dialogues. Originated in Beijing, the art is popular across the country. In the course of development, Crosstalk absorbed the essence of different art forms like vocal imitation, storytelling, etc.
We returned from intermission with fifth grade performing to “The World is Ours.” This song was the Chinese version of the World Cup Coca-Cola theme song. The world belongs to our future hopes. The power of belief pushes us to go through the journey of process. Regardless of winning or losing, it is the journey of learning: learning from each other, learning from our differences, and unifying to make a better world for tomorrow.
The seventh grade small group then performed “Metamorphosis,” a fusion between China’s past and present, where old and new cultures meld to form the dynamic culture that represents China today.
The Middle School Drum Team performed the Lion Dance, a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune. Lion Dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other traditional, cultural, and religious festivals.
Our Middle School Drum Team debuted the Lion Dance this year at our China Night celebration. Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune. Lion Dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other traditional, cultural, and religious festivals. #YearofthePig #ChineseNewYear
Posted by Wesley International Academy on Monday, February 4, 2019
The Fan Dance followed from the eighth grade. Chinese Fan Dance dates from 2,000 years ago and was developed during the Han dynasty. The fan dance highlights delicate movements with constantly changing rhythm, which is dynamic and graceful
We ended the night Gongxigonxi, the Flower Drum dance. Fengyang Huagu (Flower Drum), also called Huagu Xiaoluo, is a local Quyi genre folk song in Fengyang County, East China’s Anhui Province. Flower Drum was very popular during Ming and Qing Dynasties. With its unique local flavor, Fengyang Flower Drum has become a favorite for Chinese people to perform during celebrations and special occasions.
Before departing, we took some time to recognize the Wesley students heading to China this summer! It’s a phenomenal experience offered to rising 7th and 8th graders every summer. Learn more about Wesley’s Chinese Summer Programme.
Thank you for joining us to celebrate China Night. We wish you all a very happy Year of the Pig!