Course dates

Thursday 11 Jan 2024
Chinese Fan Dance
5.30pm - 7pm | 10 weeks
Thursday 11 Jan 2024
Chinese Ribbon Dance
7pm - 8pm | 10 weeks

Course overview

This 10-week course will give students an introduction to the Chinese art of Ribbon dance and fan dance. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in Chinese dance.

About this Course

Chinese fan dance or the round fan dance originates from the ancient Chinese court. With a Chinese classical charm, this dance shows the implicit beauty and noble and elegant temperament of women. Round fan dance uses elements of Chinese classical dance movements, absorbing nutrients from traditional Chinese opera.  

Chinese ribbon dance is another ancient traditional Chinese art form that incorporates silk ribbon into the dancer's movements. This form of dance was so highly regarded and considered so beautiful that dancers would be requested to perform this type of dance to emperors.  

Let these unique dances from China fully awaken your body and help you to gain inner peace and freedom.

The curriculum for this unique 10-week online short course was created by our resident dance teacher and graduate of the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy in China. 

This course is designed to teach students the basics of the beautiful art of Chinese fan & ribbon dance. 

Chinese Fan Dance: 17:30 – 19:00
Chinese Ribbon Dance: 19:00 – 20:30 

Classes level

The course is aimed at beginners and is ideal for those who are interested in learning about Chinese dance or knowing more about Chinese arts and culture.

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 shortcourses ( so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 


If you are undertaking an in-person course please note that we may need to move the course online due to any unforeseen circumstances. Please note no refunds are issued for moving courses online.



Goldsmiths offers a 15% concession rate on short courses to Lewisham Local cardholders, Students and Goldsmiths Alumni. Please email for further information.

Booking information

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

Thursday 11 Jan 2024
Chinese Fan Dance
5.30pm - 7pm | 10 weeks
Thursday 11 Jan 2024
Chinese Ribbon Dance
7pm - 8pm | 10 weeks


RHB 253, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London


If you have any questions about this course please contact confucius (

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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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