(Minghui.org) New Tang Dynasty Television’s (NTD Televsion) 10th International Classical Chinese Dance Competition took place at The Performing Arts Centre at Purchase College in New York from September 7–10, 2023.

Over 100 leading classical Chinese dancers from around the world competed in this event. The preliminary round was held September 7–8. Eighty-one dancers made it to the semifinals on September 9, and fifty-one contestants advanced to the finals on September 10. Award winners were announced at a ceremony on September 10. Prior to the awards ceremony, a technical showcase was performed by 15 previous gold medal winners of this competition.

The classical Chinese dance competition is one in a series of international cultural and arts events hosted by NTD, aimed at promoting traditional culture. Organisers stated that this competition would launch a new era in classical Chinese dance by fostering cultural exchange, making this ancient Chinese culture renowned throughout the world, and promoting purely authentic traditional dance that is pure goodness, and pure beauty.

Classical Chinese dance training includes three main components—bearing, form, and technique. It is an expressive dance form rooted in 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, and is also one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world.

The highest standard of dance form—“shen dai shou” (the body leads the hands) and “kua dai tui” (the hips lead the legs)—are forgotten ancient techniques that dancers have been seeking. The techniques have been reintroduced to the world by Shen Yun Performing Arts’ founder and artistic director Mr. D.F.


Moments from Competition: Junior Female Division

Gold winner Grace Rubacek performs, “Spring.” (The Epoch Times)
Gold winner Sophie Shao performs, “Whispers of Spring Rain.” (The Epoch Times)
Silver winner Katherine Parker performs, “Zhao Jun’s Destiny.” (The Epoch Times)
Bronze winner Vicky Wu performs, “Inheritance.” (The Epoch Times)