“Rice Sprout song” is what Yangge, an East Asian dance form literally means when translated. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from North China, and is extremely popular in the cities as well as in the countryside. Apparently, this dance style is also popular with the older generation. Furthermore, this dance is performed in a group many a time on the street. In addition, this dance may also at times involve the use of props such as the waist drum, dancing fan, fake donkey etc.
a. History/origin of the Yangge:
It was during the 1940’s when the Communist Party of China was building its powerbase within the country that this dance was first developed. Furthermore, it was created to encourage people residing especially the villages to join this firebrand revolutionary party.
b. Costumes used in the Yangge:
“Colourful costumes” are mainly used in this dance style. In addition, the costume used is essentially a robe usually either red or green in colour. Furthermore, at times a performer may also use props such as waist drum, dancing fan, fake donkey etc.
c. Music involved in the Yangge:
The musical instruments mainly used in this dance style would include drums, trumpet, and gongs.
d. Training availability and technique involved in the Yangge:
In terms of technique, this dance style involves a pattern that comprises of:
- Three quick steps forward.
- One step backward and,
- Pause and repeat
As for training centres/schools, there are none available around the world since this “folk” dance is performed mainly in north China.