Jie Qing 2012

Chinese New Year 2012: The Year of the Dragon

(16th January – 2nd March)

Jie Qing means ‘festivities’ in Chinese. It is a cultural education outreach and performance programme to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, we have created the following workshops which are now open for booking. Please contact Jih Wen Yeh on jw@stepoutarts.co.uk or click here for booking form.

Click here to view a list of Schools and Venues who have booked so far.

Tai Chi & Kung Fu.

Tai Chi is a type of exercise that contains slow graceful movements which helps improve posture and the circulation of energy in the body. Kung Fu is a form of self defense that improves physical strength and muscle development. Suitable for children age 3+.

Japanese Samurai Helmet

Japanese Samurai Helmet created by oragami and decorated with intricate traditional Japanese paper cutting and drawing. Suitable for children aged 7+.

Image copyright Tsai & Yoshikawa.

Chinese Horoscope Animal Lanterns

Transforming paper lanterns into decorative traditional Chinese horoscope animals using various traditional paper sculpting techniques. Suitable for children aged 7+.

Image copyright Tsai & Yoshikawa.

Ribbon Dance

Ribbon Dance is one of the most popular Chinese folk dances. It originated from India and followed trade to China and has since become an integrated part of Chinese culture. It was even included in the Olympic opening ceremony. Suitable for children of all ages.

Traditional Asian Storytelling

A collection of interactive workshops focusing on different classic stories which are performed using puppets and different materials. Students are invited to re-create the adventures of the main characters. Suitable for children of all ages.

Chinese Calligraphy

An opportunity for participants to take part in learning the traditional Chinese way of writing using selected characters and Chinese brush and ink. Suitable for children of all ages.

Opera Mask Puppet Making

Participants have chance to listen to a short story of the Chinese opera characters and learn how different colours present different personalities. The workshop is based on the age and ability of the participants from sketching the opera mask to colouring and making their own opera mask, Lots of fun. Suitable for ages 5+

Here is some recent feedback about past sessions:

* ”Group performed outside which children really enjoyed. It was excellent to have male dancers. Boys in particular enjoyed their characters. Children eager to perform a ribbon dance”. (Old Church nursery, Tower Hamlets)

* ”Feedback from staff was very positive. Those who participated in the ribbon dance workshop really enjoyed it. The pupils enjoyed that workshop”. (Hillsgrove school, Greenwich)

* ”Children loved the ribbon dance performance and workshops. Fantastic spectacle that caphesed the imagination of many of the children”. (Clyde Nursery, Greenwich)

* ”The demonstration performance were fantastic. Five different schools children were just amazed by those highly trained artists. The workshop pace was very good. All children and teachers had a great time”. (Asian Music Centre, Acton)

* “ ‘Ni hao!’ When you came to Foulds School to teach us ribbon dancing and calligraphy it was like you had lit a spark inside me. Now because of you I have found a new passion for the wonderful art of RIBBON DANCING! When I first saw people ribbon dancing individually and in a group and I was amazed”.

* All workshop leaders have been CRB checked and hold relevant qualifications and experience.

To see a YouTube video of the Jie Qing 2011 Chinese New Year workshops (Jan-Mar), please click here .

For more information on how to book please contact Jih-Wen Yeh by email: jw@stepoutarts.co.uk or Tel: 07899 807741. Alternatively, click here for booking form.