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After a four-day duration from April 24th to 27th 2017, the modern dance master course named Physical Energy successfully came to the end in room 401, HUST Art Education Center. This master course was taught by Dr. Willy TSAO Sing Yuen, the father of China’s modern dance. 20 international students together with some Chinese students participated in this course.
In the four-day course, Dr. Willy TSAO firstly explained the basic meaning of modern dance, which focuses on how to express human’s inside feelings and emphasize on reflecting on the society. In order to guide students to have a better understanding of scientific use of body language, Dr. Willy TSAO emphasized on the use of ‘Dantian’, which can help dancers breathe more smoothly and maximize the strength of muscles. Afterwards, Dr. Willy TSAO started to lead international students to practice some basic dancing movements, such as running and jumping, and all students devoted themselves into the course with great enthusiasm.
Willy TSAO, respected as "Modern Dance Father of China", has been an influential figure as choreographer, educator, curator, manager and director in China’s modern dance development. Born and educated in Hong Kong, TSAO received his modern dance training in US and his MBA degree from the University of Hong Kong. He was named an Honorary Fellow in 2000 and received an Honorary Doctorate in 2015 from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Long-period dancing and performing experience enable Dr. Willy TSAO with the ability to master the core in dance and know how to teach others. International students were attracted by Dr. Willy TSAO’s vivid illustration and graceful dancing movements, and put 100% devotion into this course. TOMAS SIMAO SANTIAGO, an international student from Brazil, said that he had gained a lot of knowledge from this master course, and were attracted by the beauty of modern dance through gestures and postures. Besides that, he also made many Chinese friends and gained friendship.
On April 27th evening, Dr. Willy TSAO invited his dancing team, BeijingDance/LDTX, and performed their classic and represented work Cold Arrow in HUST Yunyuan Stadium. Over 100 international students watched the show. The stadium was full of audiences, and filled with applause and cheers during the whole performance. International students all praised that this was a great and inspirational performance.
曹诚渊被誉为”中国现代舞之父”，是一位在中国的现代舞领域非常有影响力的人物。他出生并受教育于香港，其后在美国接受现代舞训练。曹氏为香港大学获取工商管理硕士，2000年成为香港演艺学院荣誉院士，2015年获香港演艺学院颁授荣誉博士。长期的表演与创作经历使曹老师深谙舞蹈精髓以及教学之道。同学们被曹老师生动的讲解和优美的舞姿所吸引，目不转睛，全神贯注。来自巴西的留学生托马斯（TOMAS SIMAO SANTIAGO）在课程结束后表示，曹老师四天的现代舞课程令他受益匪，从手势到体态，从内心到外在，深深体会到现代舞的魅力，在学习舞蹈的过程中还有一个巨大的收获，就是结交了很多志同道合的中国朋友。