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Chinese Dance Workshops

Culture Workshops
Partner events
Monday 15 - Friday 19 May, 2023, 13:00 - 16:00
Dance studio, School of Performance and Cultural Industries
Open to
Adults, ideally with some experience of movement or physical practice
How to get involved
Express your interest

Engage with Chinese traditional arts in a completely new way! This unique series of three dance workshops, part of a University of Leeds PhD research project, will cover poetry, calligraphy and painting in an intensive three-day programme. 

The research project is about Kunqu (Chinese opera) and its relationship to landscape aesthetic arts (painting, calligraphy, poetry), considering the modern-day value of this interplay from an intercultural perspective. 

Led by dance teacher and postgraduate researcher Xueting Luo, each workshop will use dance to explore and illustrate aspects of an art form. You will learn about Chinese dance alongside key concepts such as imagery, abstract lines and textures, and perspective. Lose yourself in the moment and experience the body-mind-nature connection. 


  • 15th May (Monday): Poetry and Dance
  • 17th May (Wednesday): Calligraphy and Dance
  • 19th May (Friday): Painting and Dance

Each workshop will last 3 hours (with a 20-minute break) and consist of three stages: 

  • An introduction to basic artistic concepts and movement principles 
  • Expressive dance activities linked to the workshop theme e.g. dancing to a poem 
  • Experimentation and improvisation 

Please complete this online form to express your interest. 

There are a maximum of 12 places for each session. Participants must be over 18, ideally with some experience of movement or physical practice. It may be possible to attend only one or two workshops, but places will first be allocated to participants who can attend all three workshops. 

Due to the cross-cultural nature of this study, it would be desirable that participants come from diverse cultural backgrounds. You will therefore be asked your nationality and this information will be used to ensure a suitable balance of participants.