Find out why 100 million people in China enjoy public square dancing regularly with free guangchang wu (广场舞）workshops in London’s Chinatown and finishing with a series of final performances at Southbank Centre in the vibrant 2017 China Changing festival.
Suitable for all ages and abilities, join our dance leaders to learn dance routines that are best performed in large groups and understand what makes China’s famous dancing aunties (大妈) so committed to their daily dance sessions. Warning: guangchang wu may be addictive! Sign up for as many of the practice sessions as you wish – we ask for a minimum commitment of one workshop and joining the performance on Saturday 7 October.
Workshops and rehearsals are led in English by teachers from Goldsmith’s Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance. Square Dancing: How do you guangchang wu? is delivered in partnership with Southbank Centre as part of China Changing festival.
Saturday 7 October: morning rehearsal in Chinatown (11am – 12noon), afternoon performances at Southbank Centre
1.30 – 2pm Performance and Video screening on the Clore Ballroom
2 – 2.45pm Public Workshop
3.15 – 3.30pm Performance and Video screening on the Riverside Terrace
4.30 – 4.45pm Performance on the Riverside Terrace
Aonan Zhang: Aonan is a dance teacher at Goldsmiths Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance. He graduated from Beijing Dance Academy and received an MA degree in dance. His specialism is Chinese classical dance. Alongside this, he has trained professionally in ballet, Chinese fold dance and martial arts.
Bethan Peters: Bethan is a freelance dance artist and choreographer specialising in contemporary dance. She has a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies from Roehampton University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban. Bethan has a background in ballroom and latin styles and has a strong interest in dance fitness.