Brief Introduction
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After liberation, the Communist Party and the people's government showed great concern about the succession and development of Zhejiang traditional folk dances. On the other hand, they made great efforts to promote professional dances. Though there used to be twists and turns, Zhejiang dances developed forward under the guidance of the Party's Cultural Policy as well as people's endeavor.
         In the recent years, the folk dance and the dances of minority group grow more active than ever. Fresh and original programs appear on festivals and in customs, the collective dance and the ballroom dance are unprecedentedly popularized for self-entertainment, and the joint-performance, "Music and Dance Festival", "Culture Festival", the Square Folk Dance Competition and the Rural Dance Competition are held regularly. In 1981, the National Culture Ministry, the National Ethnic Affairs Committee and the Chinese Dancers Association issued a joint notice to prepare for the edit and publication of The Grand Compendium of Chinese Folk Dances and Dances of Minority Groups (hereinafter The Compendium). Catching the opportunity provided by the publication of Zhejiang Volume of The Compendium and of The History of Chinese Dances in 1999, Zhejiang traditional dances were further tapped. The Compendium and the "Summary" part of the latter book, for the first time, organized the dance history of ancient Yue State and Zhejiang into an integrative one, and fill in the gap in Zhejiang culture history and Chinese dance history alike.
     Before liberation, Zhejiang Province did not have any professional dancing troupes. But the Zhejiang Folk Singing-and-Dancing Troupe was established in 1957, which transformed to Zhejiang Singing-and-Dancing Troupe in 1966, Zhejiang General Troupe of Singing-and-Dancing in 1990, and now the Zhejiang Singing, Dancing and Opera Troupe (hereinafter the Troupe). The Troupe was first comprised of the excellent dancers, folk singers standing out from the provincial folk and amateur joint performances and those who transferred to civilian work from the military cultural troupes. In its course of development, many talented performers from every line and from the art schools were introduced into the Troupe. Ever since the 50's till now, the Troupe has produced many super programs with rich flavors of the River south area. Among the long list are dance programs like Pick Tea Leaves, Weave Fishnet, Blessing Water, The Beekeeping Girl, Returning Late From The Mulberry Wood, Travel Along Spring River, Tunes Among The Flowers, Mini Nichang (an ancient tune handed down from Tang Dynasty), Rain Over Spring River, Flower Lantern Dance, Three Songs Of The Plum Flowers and dancing operas like Qiujin (a heroine during the Great Revolution). One after another, many programs are even invited to perform in a dozen countries. The Beekeeping Girl won the second prize for choreographer-director and the third price for dancer in the 1St National Dance Contest; Returning Late From The Mulberry Wood won first prize for both creation and performance in the 1st East China Dance Joint Performance, and won third prize for both choreographer-director and dancer in the 2St National Dance Contest; Tunes Among The Flowers won first prize for both creation and performance in the 2st East China Dance Joint Performance; Travel Along Spring River won first prize for creation and second and third prize for performers in the 1st East China Dance Joint Performance. Programs like Pick Tea Leaves and Weave Fishnet are very popular among people and prevail in Zhejiang Province.
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