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Students Showcase Their Dance Skills Through Classical Ballet And Classical Chinese Dance
From ‘The Dying Swan’ ballet to the legendary Chinese classic ‘The Monkey King,’ students at the Fei Tian College - Middletown showcased their skills at the 2018 Winter Dance Concert on Dec. 1 and 2. The audience members were impressed by the way the dancers expressed their inner beauty. SOT [Adem Oliensis; Comedian and Former Actor] I thought the dance is beautiful the dancers were wonderful. They are youth, they are vigorous, their commitment, and their Ability to sort of just filled out the form with what was inside them. So for such young people, they just did a marvelous job with that. SOT [Marnie thomas wood; Former soloist at the Martha Graham Dance Company.] I think it's fascinating both because it has such physical output in terms of fully, thoroughly, deeply. And it also has quite wonderful dramatic quality of surrender and feeling attached to the athleticism. So there is a range and they reached that range with exciting movements and then with very subtle attraction. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM VO The students understand the culture, history, and stories by learning those movements. The art form becomes a tangible expression of the culture’s ideas of excellence. SOT [Blakeley white-McGuire; former Principal Dancer of Martha Graham Dance Company.] The vocabulary is so exciting. Really striking physicality and it's just wonderful to see those stories passed on generation to generation, and to see new young bodies take it in. [I] enjoy seeing students embrace classical dance and learn the classical forms. VO Fei Tian College-Middletown is also known as the first college in the nation that offers classical Chinese dance and Classical Ballet in BFA and MFA degrees. The dance teachers all emphasize on the importance of both discipline and artistry. To portray the character well, it should come from the heart. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM SOT [Mingye Liu; Classical Chinese Dance Instructor of FTC_Middletown] The direction of teaching is to teach the student first to be a good person. Classical dance is about integrating the inner beauty into the performance. VO Fei Tian College – Middletown is opening its enrollment to all freshman and transfer students and is hosting an Open House on Sunday, Dec. 9.