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April Rain

April Rain Chinese Dance has been serving Austin for over 10 years. We teach a variety of Chinese dances: Chinese classical, Chinese ballet and contemporary, and most Chinese folk dances. Our mission is to provide a high quality and fun learning environment for kids and adults in our communities, to create proud, confident dancers and leaders, and to pass the Chinese tradition on to future generations.

Xiwei (Sherry) Chen is the founder and director of April Rain. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts from Sichuan University. She started at a very young age taking dance classes in Chongqing Youth Palace and continued to train with Chongqing Opera & Dance Theater. The level of instruction from training and years of stage experience molded her into a well-loved performer, choreographer, and teacher. In addition to dancing, she helped establish the Great Wall Chinese School and taught there for 10 years. She has also directed the Chinese Dance/Language After School Classes at Doss and Zilker Elementary Schools and The Magellan International School for several years. www.aprilrainchinesedance.com


Friday 12:00-2:00 pm - Chinese Dance

This workshop is a unique opportunity to explore Chinese culture through dance. It will help you build fundamental Chinese dance skills including movement development, emotions, and picking up on choreography quickly. Technique will focus on the basics such as hand and finger positions, foot work, and the rhymes of body moves. Skills will cover the use of dance props (fans, ribbons, or handkerchiefs). The regional choreography will be Uighur dance which is beautiful and lots of fun!