Practice really does make perfect. Today my Dragons did some revision before taking two Asset Level 1 writing and speaking tasks, which they all passed with flying colours! Well done guys! We also covered pets, how to talk about the pets you have and don’t have, as well as colours and what our favourite colour was.
Before making a start on the afternoon’s activities, students had their second Tai-chi session, with them learning how someone else’s force can be transformed in to energy which they can use to make them stronger.
David demonstrating to students the art of Tai-chi.
The afternoon has been as jam-packed as ever with the students once again split in to two groups. One group began painting and designing their own paper Chinese lantern, which started off as a blank canvas before being transformed into the colourful lanterns we all know and love; with a personal twist!
... and after!
Fed up with watching paint dry, out come the hairdryers!
Whilst this painting frenzy was going on the second group concentrated on their dancing skills with a professional Chinese dancer. After warm-up exercises, containing some tear-jerking stretches, the students got down to trying out the peacock dance of the Dai (傣族) ethnic minority from the south of China. Students were shown how to make their hands resemble a peacock’s head before learning the moves. After learning this dance, students were then taught a dance from Xinjiang and then how to dance with ribbons.
Students try out red cloths, commonly seen in Chinese dancing and acrobatics.
And a long sleeved jacket worn for some dances.
Before the stretches! >Ouch!<
Students are shown the Dai 'peacock' dance.
Dancing with ribbons
With the groups swapping over and to help time pass for those students now watching paint dry on their lanterns, our course leader, Daniel Clayton, got the bamboo sticks out. Within minutes, students were playing at a traditional game of southern Chinese ethnic minorities (like Western ‘skipping’). The catch being they had to dodge the bamboo sticks and get across to the other side without falling over!
Our course leader, Dan, shows us how it's done!