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Chinese Fan Dance dates from 2,000 years ago and was developed during the Han dynasty. The Art of Chinese Fan Dance conveys the hue, extravagance and splendour of the Chinese culture and is mesmerized by spectators all over the world. The Chinese Fan Dance highlights delicate movements with constantly changing rhythm, which is dynamic and graceful.
Chinese Fan Dances are generally divided into folk dances and classical dances. Folk dances include the kung fu (WP) fan dance, which is sometimes called the tai chi (WP) fan dance. These dances add beauty to traditional tai chi chuan exercises or kung fu exercises. Classical Fan dances are based on simple classical Chinese body movements, allowing the dance to be very soft and flowing continuously. Both Folk Fan dances and Classical Fan dances can be performed solo or part of a group.
Many Chinese Fan Dances tell stories, whether performed by a single dancer or a group. When performed, Chinese Fan Dances have a unique visual beauty. Chinese fans today are made of a variety of materials, including bamboo, silk, feathers, leaves and either painted or unpainted paper. Ornate fans are used decoratively or in fan dancing, and simpler, more durable fans may be used in everyday life.

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