Joy of Arts: Introduction to Chinese Fan Dance (with Jessica Jone)

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Event Date & Time
May 19th 2023 10:15am
Burnett Secondary School
Location Room
Main Gym
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Introduction to Chinese Fan Dance (K-12)

Chinese fan dance has a 2,000 year history dating back to the Han Dynasty. There are many different types of fans used in Chinese dance, including the silk fringe fan, feathered fan, straw fan, Classical paddle fan, long fringed fan and Chinese martial arts fan. The fan is used in both Classical and Folk dance styles from the Han ethnic group across all regions of China. It is used to enhance storytelling, and as an extension of the body that highlights the dancers’ grace and agility.

Workshop participants will learn basic fan manipulations and steps, along with a short dance sequence to gain some hands on experience with this dance form.

*SD38 has purchased two class sets of silk fringe fans for the DRC and will be available for sign out after the conference as a kit

Time: 10:15 to 11:45 am


Jessica Jone is a Chinese Dance Educator born in Vancouver and received her early dance training from her mother, Lorita Leung. She later went on to train professionally in Chinese classical and folk dance at the Beijing Dance Academy, and the Guangdong Dance School in China. She is also a graduate of the contemporary dance program at Simon Fraser University. Jessica is an accomplished dancer and seasoned performer who has won many awards for performance and choreography, including the Chairman’s Award at the Fourth Peach and Plum Dance Competition in Beijing, and two Best Choreography Awards at the North American Chinese Dance Competition.

Jessica is currently Principal and Artistic Director of the Lorita Leung Dance Academy. She is also Canada’s first Senior Instructor of the Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Graded Examination Syllabus (CDGES). She has taught many workshops and master classes at various dance organizations including Simon Fraser University, the Dancers Transition Resource Centre, the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, Goh Ballet Academy, the Dance Centre, the American Chinese Arts Society in Boston and St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. In 2012, the City of Vancouver named Jessica as one of its Remarkable Women in the field of arts and culture.

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Joy of Arts Pro-D participants are all encourage to attend for the full day of learning:

9:00 - 9:10 - Welcome and Acknowledgement

9:10 - 10:00 - Virtual Keynote Victor Wooten in gym

10:00 - 10:15 - break (15 min)

10:15 - 11:45 - Break-out Session 1 (Session options for Music/Art/Dance/Drama with pre-registration)

11:45- 12:30 - lunch (45 min)

12:30 - 2:00 - Break-out Session 2 (Session options for Music/Art/Dance/Drama with pre-registration)

*Register separately for each session (including the keynote)

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