Dynamism Youth Dance Group
The Dynamism Youth Dance Group was founded in August 2003, and is a budding blossom on this multicultural land of Australia. The group consists of school students with strong potentials in dance from all over Adelaide. Each child studying here is a dreamer flying freely in the world of dance, enjoying an education environment of premium standard and a first-rate teaching resource. The group was established to have children and teens as its core, with a fusion of Australian and Chinese cultural backgrounds as the basis for performance and training repertoire, in order for Australian children of various nationalities and backgrounds, as well as descendants of Chinese immigrants to be able to learn about the traditional art and culture of China even in Australia, so that its wonders may continue to be spread across this nation.
- Cultivate students’ artistic interest, strengthen their artistic self-development, and enhance their artistic awareness.
- Step-by-step construction and ascertaining of a quality dance group brand, striving to achieve a certain degree of visibility, from within Adelaide to China and the world.
- Provide a positive contribution to the local economy, students’ hobby lives, and the building of a harmonious society.
The planned selection and audition processes are carried out annually, taking into account the principle of having a fixed quantity of students each year, in order to select the brightest kids to join the performing group in accordance to ratio, form performing and preparatory classes, and thus bringing about optimal combinations. During the team building process, the designing of programs is the main focus, accompanied by professional technique and general skill training at each level. Teaching plans and content for each term will be formulated according to the average age and skill level of students, giving emphasis on strengthening of specific areas. The repertoire consists of rich Chinese traditional dance material, standardized ballet training, various western dance forms, excellent choreographed programs as well as reserved programs, all aimed at improving student skills, techniques and performance capability. During school holidays between each term, group activity will be organised for the little dancers, where teachers of high expertise from professional dance organisations are invited to provide insight and intensive training.
Dance is an integrated art form, combining the physical, the artistic, the intellectual and the spiritual in one, and as such is an activity that is beneficial to all aspects of development in young people, as well as enriching their lives out of academic study. Dance education is unique in that its effect on primary and secondary school students cannot be provided through other subjects. For example, dance in primary education can contribute to character building, encouraging students to sense and express beauty. At the same time, teachers must seize the opportunity to appeal to students’ psychological needs via rewarding and appreciation, in order for dance to better exert its positive influence on their growth. Generally speaking, extensive use of dance in primary and secondary education would aid the physical and mental development of children and teens in every constructive way, as it is the ideal method in which students may learn to experience, recognise, understand, and convey the concept of beauty.
Dance can improve fitness and correct bad posture, leading to coordination and grace in one’s movement. Dance training transforms students’ attitudes from passive to assertive, thus training their ability to self-discipline and strengthen willpower. School-aged children are at the stage of life where they are highly curious, active, driven to imitate and perform – traits which can all be fulfilled in a dance lesson. Dance performance requires students to use a high amount of energy, having to practice each move repeatedly, which makes it an activity requiring much hard work, thus, training students’ confidence and motivation to overcome difficulties. Dance also promotes the sense of team pride and honour. Children’s dance classes usually train as a large group initially, then forming set teams during rehearsal and performance. A successful performance is the result of everybody’s work, which gives all involved a sense of team spirit. This sense of team spirit acquired through dance may then be transferred upon the class and the school, perhaps even the culture, the country.
Because of the many educational roles of dance, we have founded the dance group to be one that is suitable for the developmental needs of primary and high school students, and deeply connected with all its aspects. While studying dance, students are also influenced and inspired by music, so it could be said that dance can also be used to explain music. In the words of famous Chinese musician Wu Zuqiang: “In a certain sense, in the art of dance, music is the voice of dance, while dance is the body of music. It is an artistic imagination’s product of perfection.”