Registration will start in late February.

2019 Summer Camp - Course Description

1. Chinese Festival – Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival is a lively holiday that marks the end of Chinese New Year celebration. During this festival, people carry lanterns, guess riddles, eat rice dumplings, and watch exciting firecracker shows. This course will introduce the origin and customs associated with the holiday and make creative lanterns.
 
2. Traditional Opera – Peking Opera
Peking Opera is China's most important opera. To put on a performance, the actors must have been trained for years to learn the skills. This class will introduce the basics of the opera including costumes, props, characters, gestures, music, and sets. Students will practice stage gestures and martial arts exercises, as well as play Chinese opera instruments.
 
3. Folk Sports – Diabolo (Chinese-Yo-Yo) & Shuttlecock
Diabolo and shuttlecock are traditional Chinese sports, as well as popular children's toys. Teachers will introduce the origin and technique of both activities and demonstrate different tricks.
 
4. Folk Dance – Embroidery Ball Dance & Rug Spinning
Embroidery ball dance, similar to a court dance, always represents liveliness and happiness. When dancing, dancers wear beautiful clothing and use a ball made of silk cloth as a prop. Rug spinning is one kind of folk dance originated from the yangge of the northeast. Yangge has smooth melody and cheerful rhythm. When dancing, dancers wave rugs and it shows lively steps, interesting gestures, and vivid style.  
 
5. Traditional Crafts – Koji Pottery
Have you ever seen the decorations on roof ridges and eaves of Chinese buildings? Those are examples of Koji pottery, a traditional style of pottery whose techniques are rarely passed down through the generations. Through an introduction to Koji pottery's appearance, types, and uses, this course will teach students to appreciate the unique manufacture methods behind the style. Students will get to mimic the techniques and craft a piece of Koji pottery of their own.
 
 
6. Scientific Invention – Paper
The invention of paper has greatly changed human culture. This class begins by introducing Cai Lun, the inventor of paper, and goes on to explore how paper has influenced civilization, the process of paper-making, and diverse functions of paper. Students will also craft their own special sheet of paper.
 
7. Nostalgic Food – Red Turtle Cake
There is a great variety of traditional Chinese pastries. Some are sweet, and some are salty; some are flaky, and some are soft. Over the past several thousand years, whether in celebration or just in daily life, pastries have played a very important role in Chinese culture. In this course, students will learn the origins and legends of different pastries, know the significance of pastry stamps, and make the delicious "red turtle cakes". 
 
8. Worldwide Games – Group and Recreational Activities
Singing, dancing, games, and fun competitions will be put together and led. Students will have an opportunity to participate throughout class, and in doing so, they will learn to express themselves and work together with others while building their own confidence.