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Frontiers in Art Research, 2024, 6(3); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2024.060314.

The similarities and difference between Chinese classical dance and Western ballet


Yichen Ma

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Yichen Ma

College of Sports and Art, Shandong Sport University, Jinan, Shandong, China


As one of the oldest cultural and artistic categories of mankind, dance has a profound sense of history and national cultural characteristics and a long history. Chinese and western dance clearly reflects the different psychological characteristics of the two cultures when expressing the cultural and life experience of the two cultures. The two different styles of dance both have their own cultural deposits and characteristics. Chinese classical dance and Western classical ballet are the performance forms of the eastern and western dance cultures respectively. Through the analysis and comparison, the development trend of Chinese classical dance and western classical ballet in different times and different cultural contexts is summarized. But they also have some differences in cultivating dancers. By comparing their similarities and differences, we can not only enhance the understanding of each other, but also better learn the advantages of each other, and scientifically avoid the shortcomings of each other, so as to produce a more scientific training method.


Chinese classical dance, Ballet, Dance

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Yichen Ma. The similarities and difference between Chinese classical dance and Western ballet. Frontiers in Art Research (2024) Vol. 6, Issue 3: 81-86. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2024.060314.


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