There are many versions to a Chinese fan dance. Some, such as a kung fu fan routine, are based on the Chen-Style Tai Chi and almost all routines require graceful movements. Learning the hand movements is typically passed from one generation to the next or is taught at a cultural Chinese centre where there is a large Chinese population, such as in London, New York or San Francisco.
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Ask at a neighbourhood Chinese restaurant or laundry if proprietors know of a family member, a friend or an acquaintance who can teach the hand movements. Because this is an art form that is handed down from one generation to the next there is the occasion where an older member of the community might be willing to give lessons.
Contact a Chinese cultural centre if they offer lessons. In San Francisco, the Chinese Cultural Center in Chinatown offers a series of arts' classes. The Chinese Educational Development Project in the United Kingdom schedules fan dancing classes throughout the country. New York City's Chinese Cultural Center at 390 Broadway has frequent fan dancing lessons open to the public.
Learn at a dance school. Many such schools offer a series of lessons on the hand movements of the Chinese fan dance. Some offer the classes throughout the year while others will focus on the indigenous movements close to Chinese New Year, which often occurs in February.
Inquire with a local university with a school of dance. Many offer cultural type dances such Chinese fan dances to university students or for the public to sign up for.
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