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Variety program shows young Chinese’s passion for dance

2022/4/19 16:41:17   source:Global Times

Wu Si, one of the contestants on Great Dance Crew Photo: Courtesy of Youku

Wu Si, one of the contestants on Great Dance Crew Photo: Courtesy of Youku

"This is what youth should look like," many people have commented after watching the first episode of the new show Great Dance Crew debuted on Saturday night on Chinese streaming site Youku.

The show, featuring Chinese stars Alec Su, Wang Feifei and Cheng Xiao as tutors, as well as overseas stars like Thai singer Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul, known professionally as Ten, and Japanese dancer Uno Santa, better known by his stage name Santa, aims to discover young promising dancers among 60 young women and show audiences their passion, efforts and friendship.

These women and tutors will work together to run a dance club to inspire others and spread their joy and passion for the art form to others.

According to show director Lu Wei, many different dance styles will appear on the show because "each one represents which kind of woman they want to be."

"We help them discover their possibilities," he said.

The first episode on Saturday, which became a hit on Chinese social media platforms like Sina Weibo and overseas on Twitter and YouTube, wowed audiences in a rich variety of dance styles ranging from hip-hop and street dance to Chinese-style jazz as well as with dance battles between contestants and contestants versus tutors.

Diversity is one of the most important elements for the director.

"It is quite similar to the time when freshmen go to university to start a new period in their lives. Different backgrounds make them learn about differences, share and communicate," he added.

The show focuses on how these people from diverse backgrounds find allies and companions. For the contestants on the show, the director said that he hopes they can do something new that "people can enjoy but I have never done before."

Diversity was the main factor behind the choice to bring on Ten and Santa as they specialize in two very different types of dance.

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