Ms. Sercombe attended Fei Tian College where she graduated as a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In, 2012, she won the bronze award in NTDTV’s Classical Chinese Dance competition in the Junior Female Division. She has toured around the world as a principal dancer with Shen Yun for 8 years, and has performed in many prestigious theatres, including New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, and San Francisco’s very own War Memorial Opera House. Not only has she got an impressive track record as a performer, but she has also been teaching students professional dance for 4 years, and was the assistant Director of Dance in Taiwan’s Niao Song Arts High School. Whilst teaching there, she choreographed many group and solo dances which have entered competitions and have won awards.
Originating in the ancient Imperial courts, Classical Chinese dance has developed through the ages into one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world. Through systematic training in dance fundamentals, flexibility, technical skills, and the unique element of shen yun, or ‘bearing’, students gradually master a classical art form that is dynamic in both its expressiveness and methods of presentation. Yet, the true beauty of Classical Chinese dance does not stop at the surface level, as it has inherited the cultural depth of China’s rich cultural history.
(Coming Fall 2019)
The well-known sophistication, grace, and elegance of ballet are qualities that Xian Yun’s dance program instills within our students. Ballet’s technical precision also outlines an attentiveness to details that produces artistic beauty and can be applied to many areas of work and daily life. Through our systematic ballet training, Xian Yun enhances our students’ physical beauty and artistic grace and imparts to them the noble qualities and regal bearing of the Western world’s hallmark classical dance form.
Dance Fundamentals teaches the building blocks of dance, including elements such as barre exercises, floor and center routines, and technical skills (leaps, jumps, turns, and fanshen, or windmill turns).
UC Approved: I-IV
Called shenyun in Chinese, this is a training regimen unique to Classical Chinese dance. Designed to train dancers to grasp the “feeling” or inner essence of Chinese dance, its system of routines emphasizes the coordination of breath, physical movement, and spirit.
UC Approved: I-IV UC Honors: IV
Tumbling skills are widely used in Classical Chinese Dance to enhance characterization and presentation. This course covers beginning to advanced tumbling skills, from handstands, cartwheels, and walkovers to aerial skills, tumbling combinations, and other advanced techniques.
This course consists of basic and combined routines that prepare students to perform a variety of Chinese ethnic and folk dance styles, such as the Tibetan, Mongolian, and Northeastern Yangge.
Over the years, Xian Yun has accumulated a diverse repertoire of classical dances, ethnic and folk pieces, and story-based dance productions. Each year, new pieces are choreographed by teachers and students. Students engage in weekly rehearsals in preparation for Xian Yun’s semi-annual showcases and other performance opportunities.
As part of their daily regimen, dance students engage in structured stretching and kicking exercises to improve the dexterity and range of motion in their legs, torsos, and shoulders.
The foundation of ballet training, technique class emphasizes body placement, posture and form through barre exercises and center routines. Class content is based on the Vaganova curriculum.
Ballet technique work in pointe shoes will be offered to female students with sufficiently developed feet, solid ballet technique, and strong arches and ankles.
This class trains students in the stylized form of European folk dance found in many works of the classical ballet repertoire.
Students learn variations from famous ballets as well as original choreography by Xian Yun’s dance department.
Literally translated from French as “step of two,” this class involves partnering work between male and female dancers. It is open to advanced students.
As a supplement to their ballet technique course, this class for male dancers focuses on teaching jumps, turns, and strength training.
Centered on the classical and ethnic/folk dance styles of China, this class helps ballet students develop the artistic versatility and cultural proficiency needed to succeed in the professional dance world.
Ms. Puleo, a professional dancer and teacher, began her ballet career under Hanna Karacic in Southern California. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dance from the University of Oregon, with a focus in Kinesiology. She has over ten years of teaching experience and specializes in preparatory ballet, folk dance and technique coaching.
Mr. Lai graduated from Fei Tian Academy of the Arts in New York, and received a degree in Dance Pedagogy from Fei Tian College. He performed with world-renowned dance group Shen Yun for 4 years. For four years, he taught Classical Chinese Dance at the high school level in Taiwan. Mr. Lai has taught numerous students who have won many local and national awards, including two who won Bronze in NTD TV's dance competition in 2014 and 2016.
Ms. Cao is a performing artist experienced in dance choreography and teaching. She graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, the leading dance college in China, in 1997. She became a performer in the Chinese Coal Mining Art Troupe and later on became a teacher at the Chinese Coal Mining Art School. Before she was nominated as principal of Xian Yun CA, she was a choreographer with the Shen Yun Performing Arts Company located in New York from 2008 to 2010.