Concert Dance Cultural Exchange in China

June 2009 – After two years of planning, fundraising, and rehearsing, Concert Dance, Inc was finally on its way to China. We were at O’Hare airport waiting for our flight to China, where there was a SARS flu alert. A scratchy voice from United Air Lines over the intercom announced, ” If any of you […]

Terra Cotta Soldier Dance

As I view the dancers in the video below, I’m struck by their generosity and skill. Jorge on the right of the screen and Garrent on the left are learning a dance titled “The Terracotta Soldier” from the Chinese dancer in the center (for more about the Chinese Terra Cotta Army of soldiers go to […]

The Missing Coffee Cup

dancer with leg held high

Unfortunately, my efforts to communicate on this trip were less successful. Each day, our group and our Chinese hosts ate our meals together in the campus hotel dinning room, where we were staying. The meals were generally the same each day. Mysteriously non-western, with mostly unrecognizable ingredients. Most of the company were open to trying […]

What time is the show?

Chinese dancer leaping

The days in the studio flew by. The university cameras captured every step of our dancing, and our hosts  asked for copies of our music. This violates copyright laws and is illegal in the United States, but I learned that the Chinese venerate their teachers by copying them exactly. Anything put “out there” for all […]