Dance Revelasian《乐舞族》is a semi-professional dance company composed of young adults who are dedicated to promoting ethnic Chinese heritage

 

Through movement and performance, our mission is to share traditional, classical, contemporary and ethnic Chinese dance culture at the highest level of quality and passion our company can offer. We hope that our pieces, not only help connect Asian Americans with their ethnic roots, but also artistically inspire our audiences.

Founded in 2003 by Grace Chan, the company kicked off its inception with a summer workshop. Since then, Dance Revelasian has been invited to hundreds of performances, produced over 100 pieces of work, and has created a professional reputation for itself throughout the dance community of New England. The company has participated in events ranging from cultural events to halftime shows, weddings to dance festivals, and everything in between. In addition, we host our very own Dance Revelasian Expo every two years, highlighting our fans’ favorite performances from the recent seasons as well as introduce some of our newest groundbreaking ones!

If you are hosting an event that you would like Dance Revelasian to perform at, or are interested in becoming a member, contact us! We’d love to dance with you!

 

ETHNIC GROUPS

China officially has 56 registered ethnic groups. The ethnic Chinese, known as the Han, comprise 93% of the population. The Han Chinese speak seven languages, with Mandarin or Putonghua – which means “common speech” — being the official and most-used. Cantonese, which is spoken in Hong Kong and in China’s other southern provinces, is the second most popular.  Most of the 55 other ethnic groups use their own languages.

This tambourine dance is representative of the Han people, who make up the majority of the Chinese population. The percussive rhythm and energetic movements convey the vibrancy of this group.

This tambourine dance is representative of the Han people, who make up the majority of the Chinese population. The percussive rhythm and energetic movements convey the vibrancy of this group.

Although China’s minority groups account for only 7% of the total population, they contribute immensely to the cultural diversity and depth of the country.  Many of these ethnic groups live along China’s borders, sometimes in more than one country. Administratively, China has five autonomous regions for its minorities: Guangxi, Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia.

At Dance Revelasian, we promote greater understanding about the diversity of Chinese culture by performing and teaching audiences about the different ethnic groups that make up the Chinese nation.

This piece comes from the Dai tribe, which shares its ethnic roots with the majority groups of Thailand and Laos. Within China, the Dai people live primarily in the southwestern province of Yunnan.

This piece comes from the Dai tribe, which shares its ethnic roots with the majority groups of Thailand and Laos. Within China, the Dai people live primarily in the southwestern province of Yunnan.

What determines an ethnic group? 

Distinct LanguageWhile hundreds of dialects are spoken across China, the language of a minority group is not simply a dialect. Rather, it is a language with distinct grammatical and phonological differences from Chinese. Language families include Sino-Tibetan, Altaic, Indo-European, Austro-Asiatic, and Austronesian. Twenty-one ethnic minority groups have unique writing systems.

Distinct Customs:  Each ethnic group has its own distinctive dress, marriage rituals, cuisine, religion, and so forth.

At around 9.4 million people, the Miao tribe is one of the largest ethnic minorities in China. This group's dances often feature playful movements that tell a story. 

At around 9.4 million people, the Miao tribe is one of the largest ethnic minorities in China. This group's dances often feature playful movements that tell a story.