Chinese folk dances reach back into ancient times, rooted strongly in China's culture and history. Dance in China is a highly varied art form, consisting of many modern and traditional dance genres. The dances cover a wide range, from folk dances to performances in opera and ballet, and may be used in public celebrations, rituals and ceremonies.
There are also 56 officially recognized ethnic groups in China, and each ethnic minority group in China also has its own folk dances that reflect and express its culture. Miao, Dai, Mongolian and Tibetan minorities perform some of the most well-known dances, featuring ornate regional costumes and signature rituals and story lines. Westerners are most familiar with the Fan Dance and the Ribbon Dance, which are attention-grabbers with vivid, showy props. Other dances highlight rhythmic beats and cultural folklore.
Chinese folk dances almost always serve a specific goal - usually signifying a certain event in the life of the Chinese people. Known for their diverse choreography and brightly colored costumes, China is a nation with a long history of tradition and folklore. Dance fits naturally into Chinese culture, and you will find local dances for each ethnic group, as well as national dances that the majority of Chinese folk dancers know well.