Joy of Arts: Mongolian An Dai (Scarf) Dance (with Jessica Jone)

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Event Date & Time
May 19th 2023 12:30pm
Burnett Secondary School
Location Room
Main Gym
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Mongolian An Dai (Scarf) Dance  (K-12)

An Dai dance originates from Kerchin, Inner Mongolia. According to local history, a father was enroute with his sick daughter by cattle cart when the wheel of the cart broke and they became stranded. Frantic and desperate, the father ran around the cart stamping and flinging his arms. This attracted the attention of nearby villagers, and when they learned what happened, they started to copy the father’s actions. After a while, the daughter descended from the cart and began to move with everyone. Through the movements, she worked up a sweat and began to feel much better. From this time on, whenever women became similarly ill, the folk remedy of that region was to perform this type of ritual dance, which later developed into An Dai dance.

An Dai dance is often done in a circle with participants singing and dancing together. Everyone uses 2 scarves or the corners of their jacket to perform the stamping, twirling and flicking movements. This dance is suitable for students of all ages and experience.

Time: 12:30 to 2:00 pm


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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