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Chinese Dance Day

Chinese Dance Day

We brought the colourful swirling Chinese Ribbon Dance into our school hall, and delved into the traditions, history and stories surrounding the movements. This workshop was a wonderful opportunity to educate children about Chinese hand gestures and their meanings, and how dance relates to both everyday life and significant events. Perfect for celebrating Chinese New Year!  Not only that the children were taught some Tai Chi and basic martial art (none contact) movements.  We all enjoyed Chinese food for lunch and during the day the children were able complete some Chinese based art projects.  Monday 11th of February 2019

On Monday both our schools came together to celebrate Chinese New Year with a fantastic and fun-filled day of Chinese based tasks and activities.
The children thoroughly enjoyed Chinese Ribbon Dancing and gave a delightful performance to end the wonderful day. During the morning, we also had Tai Chi and Kung Fu classes that were expertly led by Mrs Sellers. In addition to all of this, Mrs Simpson and Mrs Smith Burrows were making super Chinese lanterns that now decorate our entrance hall.
At lunchtime, the children were given a Chinese themed lunch of chicken stir-fry with noodles and a Chinese Chew for dessert. That is not made up, it is a real thing. Thank you to Sarah, Melsonby’s Cook, for providing us all with this delicious meal.
During the afternoon, the children had more opportunities for Ribbon dancing and were taught about Chinese culture and counting.
Please see below some photographs of the day and some of the children’s comments. Thanks to all staff of both our schools, Jenny (Ribbon Dance teacher) and Mrs Sellers for making this yet another hugely successful collaborative event.

What the children thought
Wilf- ‘I enjoyed Kung-Fu’
Aiden- ‘Tai chi was the best’
Taylor- ‘I liked the Kung-Fu’
Leo- ‘I enjoyed ribbon dancing’
Toby- ‘I liked chicken and noodles’
Eva- ‘The ribbon dancing was my favourite’
Paige- ‘I liked the food at Melsonby’
Connell- ‘Ribbon dancing’
Harper- ‘I liked all of it best.’
Erin- ‘I loved the ribbon dancing.’
Connie- ‘I liked painting Chinese numbers.’
Isabella- ‘I enjoyed the food.’
Orla – ‘I liked the lunch at Melsonby.’
Sophia- ‘The ribbon dancing’
Rose- ‘I liked painting.’
Evan – ‘I liked all of it’
Mia- ‘The oranges’
Imogen- ‘Ribbon dancing.’