Course dates

Tuesday 4 Oct 2022
Online or in-person (both options available)
5:30pm - 7:00pm | 10 weeks

Course overview

Chinese classical dance has a unique identity and style, with refined and sophisticated characteristics.

Contemporary Chinese Charm Classical Dance is a rebirth of ancient Chinese dance. It absorbs Chinese operas such as beijing opera and Chinese Martial Arts such as Tai -CHI and kungfu. In addition it learned the training system of classical Ballet. It actually a hybrid movement art form with traditional Chinese aesthetics.

Chinese classical dance is a creative expression and embodiment of Chinese culture and is a part of the heritage that has been passed down through the long history of China. Chinese classical dance includes movements and postures from other artistic forms such as Chinese folk dance, traditional Chinese opera and martial arts. Focusing on the breath, it is displayed with finesse and elegance, embodying the beauty of the body in motion, and the controlled expression of strength and power.

There are many differences between Chinese Charm Classical Dance and Chinese Han-Tang Classical Dance, such as gestures, movement trajectory and force method.


Why Study this Course?

  • Knowledge of the basic background behind classical dance.
  • Knowledge of the basics relating to the dance (ie stance, posture, breathing).
  • Knowledge of warm-up exercises/techniques related to similar styles of dance.
  • Knowledge of certain repertoires/movements that can be practised.


Goldsmiths offers a 15% concession rate on short courses to Lewisham Local cardholders.

The following participants are eligible to receive a 15% discount. Concessions are available for Goldsmiths’ staff and students, over 60s, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support claimants.



Goldsmiths offers a 15% concession rate on short courses to Lewisham Local cardholders, Students and Goldsmiths Alumni.

Booking information

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable. 

Tuesday 4 Oct 2022
Online or in-person (both options available)
5:30pm - 7:00pm | 10 weeks


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Tutor information

Your Chinese Classical Dance Teacher, Jiaolong Ma

Jiaolong Ma is our resident Chinese classical dance teacher.

Jiaolong is one of China's most acclaimed Chinese classical dancers. He has excelled in a wide range of dance categories, coming in first place at the Hehua Dance Competition 2015 and third place at the Tao Li Bei Dance Competitions of 2006 and 2009.

Jiaolong is a skilled performer and teacher of Chinese classical dance and will guide your through the study of this beautiful art form with passion and skill.


About the department

Goldsmiths Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance is an academic department of Goldsmiths, University of London. We specialise in Chinese language and culture as well being the first and currently, the only CI to specialise in dance, performance and the arts, and the proud winner of the Global Confucius Institute of the Year Award 2017.

We offer:

  • Undergraduate degree courses in Chinese language - BA (Hons) International Relations & ChineseBA (Hons) Sociology & Chinese
  • Credit courses in Chinese language, Chinese history, Chinese arts and culture and Chinese philosophy (open to all Goldsmiths students)
  • Evening and weekend short courses in Chinese language, Chinese dance, Chinese music and Chinese martial arts
  • HSK examinations and training
  • Outreach for Schools program


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