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Artistic Director Hai Yan Jackson trained in Ballet and Classical Folk Dance at the Sichuan Dance Academy in Chengdu, China.. Since 1999 she has been teaching and planning choreography over all Bay Area. In 2004 choreography and danced in the “EL AMOR BRUJO”. 2007 to 2009 performed for "Spring Dance Inspiration. In 2010 performed at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. In 2011 to 2014 Hai Yan planned with Stanford University Chinese Dance presentation “Dancing Colors of Spring” at Herbst Theatre S.F, Jewish Community Center and San Francisco State University Mckenna Theatre. In 2012 joined Global Chinese Dance Talent Competition in Shenzhen China. In 2015 joined International Panda Art Festival at S.F. Since 2006 to present Hai Yan has taught Chinese Dance at Stanford University Chinese Dance is an guest teacher, also work an Alonzo King Lines Dance Center in San Francisco. In 2013, in S.F City Hall Hai Yan received a Special Commendation Award for her dedicated services in many community events. She has had numerous guest performances and choreographed throughout China and the Bay Area.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2010 Adudition at 32nd Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

        This dance rearranged by Hai Yan to honors the Qiang minority school children killed during the 2008 Sichan earthquake.  The Qiang people call themselves Erma.  They are one of Chinese oldest ethnic groups.  Dance Qiang Ling was performed at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival 2010.  Soloist Shannon Tse.

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    Hai Yan Jackson Chinese Dance Company
    Dance Origin: China
    Genre: Chinese – Qiang
    Artistic Director: Hai Yan Jackson
    First Appearance in SF EDF: 2010
    In Qiang Ling, a Qiang shepherding girl dances in a high mountain meadow to a joyful song, expressing her love of this beautiful and bright life. She calls her sheep with hand bells that symbolize protection, and her dance focuses on footwork patterns named “skip shalang," “skip armor,” and “leather drum." The lyrics express auspicious congratulations and thankfulness, while narrating family histories and the achievements of the ancestors.

    About 360,000 Qiang people live in the high Himalayan plateaus of China's southwest Sichuan province—in stone villages with few modern improvements. The name Qiang is Han Chinese for nomadic people; the Qiang call themselves Erma. They are one of China's oldest ethnic groups, ancestors of both Tibetan and Han Chinese. Ancient inscriptions on tortoise shells place their ancestors in the northwest and central plains of China as early as the Shang Dynasty (16-11 BCE).
    Like many of the world's ancestral people, the Qiang people never developed an historical script, but preserved their history, culture, and traditions in physical symbols: the integrated and expressive language of folk song and dance. In Qiang communities everyone sings and dances whenever possible, often times until dawn. Sometimes the singing is a capella, and some dances are accompanied by traditional instruments: Qiang flute; an ancient six-scale clarinet with double pipes; small gongs; hand bells; suona trumpet; and sheepskin drums.

    Traditional Qiang clothing is a loose gown topped with a sleeveless wool jacket, and often, cloth-bound hair and legs. Women wear lace collars decorated with silver and pointed, embroidered yun yun shoes, among other accessories.

    Thirteen-year-old soloist Shannon Tse is passionate about dancing, and has studied ballet since she was five. She also studies Chinese folk dance, modern dance, hip-hop, and jazz. Qiang Ling was created in 2006 by Professor Gao Du from Beijing Dance Academy, and was set by Hai Yan Jackson in 2009.

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