Integrating Culture into the Language Classroom - Chinese Folk Dance

Two-Day Workshop for Chinese TeachersChinese Dancer

Based on popular demand from course and conference evaluations we have designed a Two-Day workshop for Chinese Language Teachers on Folk Dance for the Classroom. This course will prepare language teachers with knowledge to present and speak about Chinese Folk Dance: their cultural varieties, illustrative movements and meaning. The first morning workshop will be presentations and conversations with highly trained dancers. Following the presentation of dances, a Chinese Language teacher will share successful dance and movement activities from her classroom, and conduct a group lesson in Chinese folk dance in the afternoon. Day two will focus on teaching the folk dance and movements you have learned to small groups of eager students from the UMass Boston community. Workshop participants “step up” and teach the group dance, with expert instructors available to further learning that will allow for mastery of performance. By the end of the group session, small group members will come together for a full performance! Participants will receive numerous resources for integrating culture and teaching dance movements at this workshop. Chinese Language teachers will learn many successful ways to include the art of Chinese Folk Dance into the language classroom, academically and physically.

Note: Registration is on a “first-come, first serve” basis with preference given to participants in STARTALK Summer Institutes and other Professional Training courses held at UMass Boston. Your registration confirmation will be sent with more details on faculty, earning PDPs, course objectives and room assignments.

Dance Instructor , Jia Ma: Award-winning dancer and dance instructor from the Beijing Dance Academy and its Affiliated Middle School, Ms. Ma currently teaches at the dance studio of Hangdong Xu and the Winchester School of Chinese Culture. She received a Masters Degree from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and Bachelors from the Beijing Dance Academy. Ms. Ma will present the cultural and historical content of Chinese folk dances and dance styles along with one of her students Sydni Lockeby of Newton, MA.

Dancer Sydni Lockeby (pictured): Currently a junior at Newton North High school, Sydni (Jiang Hong) has studied Chinese language since age four, which led her to study Chinese dance at a very young age. She discovered a passion for Chinese ethnic dance (or folk dance) and has learned many types including Miao, Dai, Mongolian and Tibetan, which she will perform samples of during this workshop.

Course Schedule


April 27
9:30 a.m. Registration
10 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Chinese Folk Dance Demonstrations and Discussion
Lead Instructor and Presenter: Jia Ma, Award-winning dancer, Beijing Dance Academy and her student Sydni Lockeby of Newton, MA
12:15–1 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1–2:30 p.m. Successful Chinese Folk Dances for the Classroom (a practice session)
Instructor: Lijia Chen, Chinese Language Teacher, Boston Renaissance Public Charter School, MA
2:30–3:30 p.m. Share Classroom resources and Design Dance Teaching schedule for Day Two

May 11th
9:30 a.m. Registration/Introductions
10 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Group 1: Chinese Folk Dance Lesson for UMass Boston Students and Staff
12:15–1 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1–3:15 p.m. Group 2: Chinese Folk Dance Lesson for UMass Boston Students and Staff
3:15–3:30 p.m. Wrap-up/Evaluation/Public performance sign-up


Schedule, Location, Registration

Schedule & Fee:
April 27 & May 11 (Saturdays)
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Fee: $0

UMass Boston Campus
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 201 (OLLI)

This session has been filled.

Hosts & Collaboration

The China Program Center

In collaboration with:
The Creative Economy Initiatives Fund

More Information

Renee Covalucci
Associate Director
The China Program Center
College of Advancing and Professional Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Tel: 617.287.7290
Fax: 617.287.7297