Ballet is the cornerstone of all western dance and provides essential training for Chinese dance as well. Ms. Wu was trained by Bolshoi Masters at the Beijing Dance Academy and has always appreciated the discipline and benefits of a solid grounding in ballet. We recommend that all dancers take a weekly group class in ballet in addition to their regular dance class. A strong foundation in ballet will improve muscular strength, flexibility and range of motion. Ballet training also boosts coordination and balance while emphasizing good posture and carriage.
The Academy has long been noted as the premiere dance school to teach authentic, professional-grade Chinese dance. Students have travelled from neighboring states and even Canada to learn this ancient dance form. Chinese dance tradition traces back through 5,000 years of Chinese culture – and, therefore, it is a more ancient art form than even Western ballet. This beautiful and deeply emotional dance form tells the story of Chinese civilization and also celebrates the unique traditions of various Chinese ethnic populations. Whether a toddler who is first exploring dance, a teen who want to explore her Chinese heritage or an Adult who is fascinated with Asian culture and want to connect with similarly- minded people, Yanlai Dance Academy has the Chinese dance class for you. Chinese dance classes are grouped by age, size, and level of experience. The classes range from 1 hour per week to 2 hours per week.