Thursday, January 6th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 166 Comments
Chinese Dance Spectacular 2011
Holidays don’t end here–Chinese New Year is approaching. Although we can’t enjoy all those great deals on Boxing Day sales, I do wish that everyone can find some spare time to read the following about a fantastic Chinese New Year show: Chinese Dance Spectacular 2011.Ocean Rain Chinese Arts Academy is so far the only professional Chinese dance and performing arts institute in Greater Victoria. Since founded in the summer of 2008, we offer a wide range of programs, such as Chinese dance (following Beijing Dance Academy syllabus), Vocal music, Chinese instrument and brush painting classes.
On February 26, 2011 at 7:00pm, our Academy will be presenting our annual school recital/Chinese New year show, Chinese Dance Spectacular 2011 at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium. We will be showcasing many fantastic and authentic Chinese dances from different part of China through the programs. The show will be hosted by Mayor Dean Fortin. Highlights include amazing Chinese dances by students at the academy, Duet Dance by Ocean and Rain Lu, and a Chinese Soprano, Dr. Min Li, who was the first generation of Madam Butterfly in China, Chinese traditional music by local Chinese Musicians and much more.
Please find the attached poster containing all the ticketing information
• Early Bird (before Jan 31, 2011)cost per ticket is $22.00, adult or $18.00, senior/child (<11).
• Regular pricing as of February 1st is $25.00, adult or $20, senior/ (child <11).
• Groups of 20 or more qualify for a 10% discount if purchased at same time.
在各界朋友的支持下，去年的晚会的门票很快就全部售出。虽然那是海洋雨的师生第一次向朋友，家人，和观众汇报学习成绩，但是得到了观众的很多好评，更加激励了海洋雨的师生们。希望今年的演出在去年的基础上吸取经验，使观众能有耳目一新的感觉。为了增添这台晚会的多样性，海洋雨特别邀请了一些表演嘉宾： 温哥华的一些兄弟舞蹈学校；中央戏剧学院表演系声乐教授，中国音乐家协会会员，中国青年音乐家协会理事，女高音歌唱家，李敏教授；Doctorate of Musical Arts (Piano Performance and Pedagogy) University of Iowa, Master of Music (Piano Performance and Pedagogy) Brandon University, 钢琴演奏家，教育家，张强音； 当地著名灵魂乐，爵士音乐家，作曲家，歌唱家Richard Aloysius；Velsellka乌克兰舞蹈等等
•1月31号之前购买有Early Bird Discount， 票价优惠：
您可以直接去维多利亚大学礼堂的售票处购买，University Center 的building里有Box Office.也可以打电话购买：250-721-8480 也可以从网上直接购买auditorium.uvic.ca/tickets
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 | Uncategorized | 202 Comments
Ocean Rain’s Major Events 2009/2010
Congratulations to all the students. WE ALL PASSED!!! Chinese Dance Examination Syllabus (CDES) exams were held for the very first time in Victoria, Vancouver Island at Ocean Rain Chinese Arts Academy.
For more information on CDES, please visit: http://www.chinesedance.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31&Itemid=22&lang=en
北京舞蹈学院，中国舞蹈考级中心主考官，中国著名舞蹈家，丁洁教授于6月27号在温哥华梁漱华舞蹈学院校长，舞蹈协会会长，梁漱华老师的陪同下来到了我们美 丽的维多利亚，举办了第一次的全vancouver island的中国舞蹈考级考试。海洋雨华夏艺术学院的小学员们，初生牛犊不怕虎，在学习时间仅仅几个月，考试经验不足的条件下，不气馁，自信，勇敢，落 落大方的完成了整个考试。孩子们全部通过了！！！
Congratulations to the whole Intermediate Performance Class and two students from Chinese Dance Level III class for their outstanding performances at the 12th North American Chinese Dance Competition!!!
Chinese Dance Spectacular 2010—The first Annual School Recital
Saturday, July 11th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 144 Comments
For Ocean Rain Chinese Arts Academy, 2008/2009 school year is a great year full of success and prosperity . There are many amazing stories to tell, many great feelings to share, and many people to thank.
Where should we begin?
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 141 Comments
What’s Chinese Dance? — Cerntainly not an easy question to answer. Chinese Dance has a rich history of 5000 years. We begin with the main folk and ethnic dances that Ocean Rain Chinese Arts Academy teaches and performs.
Fan Dance: Fans play a big part in Chinese folk dance; especially people in the north part of China use all kinds of beautiful fans in their dances to express their excitement for the coming springs.
Dai girls by the rosy clouds stream: Dai ethnic group has a lot of festivals, and the most famous one is the “Water-Splashing” festival in early summer. “Water-Splashing,” still held every year, is the most important festival, during which the Dais splash water on one another, and hold dragon boat races in the hope of chasing away all the illnesses and bad fortune of the past year and bringing about good weather and bumper harvests. ”Water-Splashing,” still held every year, is the most important festival, during which the Dais splash water on one another, and hold dragon boat races in the hope of chasing away all the illnesses and bad fortune of the past year and bringing about good weather and bumper harvests.
Themed Chinese Folk Dance:
1. Sewing for The Spring: Although winter is very cold, all of the young girls in China certainly don’t mind because winter means that spring is not too far away, and the Chinese Spring Festival is coming. All of the young girls in China can’t wait to wear their new clothes and hopefully meet someone that they like. Therefore, winter is the sewing and embroidering season. We know that a lot of people in Victoria like the oriental silk and embroidery arts. However, most of you don’t really know most of the embroidery made of silk is handmade by the Chinese people. Now, our Chinese dancers are bringing their embroidery work up on stage.
2. Pride of the snow: In northern part of China, there grows a unique kind of plum blossoms, called the Pride of Snow. In extremely cold weather, the flowers are always blossoming. Especially, if one plum tree started to flower, then the other trees started to compete with it. Today, we will use our dance to express our admire for the Pride of Snow. We wish to bring you some warmness in the cold winter, just like the plum flowers bring some colour into our lives.
What are we learning right now?
1. Tibetan Dance:
“Tibetans who live in the snow-covered highland are mysterious and holy. They are also, generally speaking, good at singing and dancing. There are two sayings in Tibet that “Tibetans who can walk can also dance.” and “The Tibetans who can talk can also sing.” Tibetans are born good at singing and dancing, make the snow covered highland a well-known “song and dance sea.”
The Tibetan dance is a display of Tibetan life. It’s the cultural accumulation of the 5000 years of the history of Tibet. It shows the life of the people who conquered the highest mountain in the world and it shows the ability and wisdom of the Tibetan people. It’s the treasure of the Chinese civilization and it has already had its own status in the art and literary circles in the world. The folk Tibetan dance usually combines singing and dancing. The custom of carrying water on their back gives them a lean figure. Because they wear special Tibetan long gown, they all tend to have a special beauty which is known as the “Same Direction”. The “Same Direction” means that the hands and the feet of the dancers move in the same direction and makes special well-regulated movements. The reason for forming the “Same Direction” was because they could save much physical strength in moving this way. So it became the basic gait in their daily life. The Tibetan makes the “Same Direction” the basic movement in their dance.”
2. Chinese Classical Dance — DunHuang Dance
中国古典舞 ―― 敦煌舞蹈
“DunHuang, an ancient city in Gansu Province, Western China, was the gateway to what was called the “Silk Road” leading to Central Asia and Europe. The Silk Road or Silk Route refers to not one but many routes of trade and cultural and religious exchange extending from China, through Central Asia, to the Middle East and Western Europe. DunHuang is world famous for its artistic sculpture statues and fresco paintings of the 4th - 14th century in China, which reflect Silk Road civilization and important aspects of the Chinese people’s religious life, arts, and customs in the history, including the introduction of Buddhism to China during this period. Over 1,000 caves were cut out of the cliffs in Dunhuang in this period, and a wide variety of colored frescoes and murals were preserved in these caves before it excavations in the 20th century. It has been regarded as a national treasure of China.”
“DunHuang frescoes contain many artistic representations of famous images as depicted in various Buddhist stories and sutras - classic religious texts of Buddhism. These outstanding and graceful artistic images show as aesthetic form that often reflected daily life in China in the age the frescoes were painted. In the late 1980’s, after close study of these images from Dunhuang frescoes, leading Chinese dance experts created a special Silk Road style dance called “DunHuang Dance.” With a breathtaking beauty and elegance, this cultural performance reflects a rich and distinctive dance tradition in China.”
Please come and view any of our dance classes to learn to love Chinese Dance. First class is free for viewing.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 | Uncategorized | 103 Comments
On the August 8, 2008 weekend, the Victoria Chinese Commerce Association will host and present events to celebrate 150 years of achievement of Chinese Canadians in Canada. Victoria, British Columbia, (which the Chinese call ‘Dai Fau’ or Big Port) is where the early Chinese created the first Chinatown. Historically, Chinatowns were the focal points of the early Chinese communities, each being a “haven” and a base from which new immigrants could begin their new lives.