Xian Yun CA’s weekend program is the perfect place for young people to nurture a passion for the arts and culture. Students will be challenged to learn new skills while developing aesthetic sophistication in a healthy and supportive environment.
As a fully accredited arts high school, Xian Yun CA is committed to extending its whole child approach to the community through enrichment programs. At Xian Yun CA, we know that authentic traditional arts place great emphasis on improving the artist’s inner beauty and character. We believe that with a noble character, young talented students become more effective learners in all areas as they improve their focus and self-discipline.
Weekend classes in dance, visual arts, Chinese language, and music are available for students 5 years old through adults. Students have many performance opportunities throughout the year to showcase their talents and share their achievements with the community.
Weekend Calendar, Schedule, and Fees
Chinese Dance Program
Chinese dance is one of the most complete and systematic dance systems in the world and is based on 5,000 years of Chinese culture and profound traditional aesthetics. Through Xian Yun CA’s complete set of training methods on foundational skills, students will learn the distinct technical skills in Chinese dance, including jumping, leaping, turning, and flipping while increasing physical flexibility and refining the control of movements. Students will also learn various Chinese ethnic and folk dances, such as Tibetan, Mongolian, and handkerchief dances.
Chinese dance training can help students improve their physique and physical condition while enhancing focus, self-discipline, and confidence. Our program is also designed to help the growth of a child in developing coordination, reflex ability, imitation ability, and flexibility, as well as their inner artistic ability. Our dance students can build a stronger sense of community and teamwork as they perform in community events, dance competitions, and our annual recitals.
Xian Yun CA is proud to feature professional dance instructors from the world-renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts Company.
Meet Our Dance Faculty
All of our dance students are invited to perform in our annual Fall and Spring recitals.
(Watch 2016 Recital Highlights video)
Visual Arts Program
Our Visual Arts Program engages students in traditional-style training in drawing and watercolor painting. The curriculum is designed to introduce young artists the aesthetics of fine art and train their basic skills for drawing, coloring, and creating forms with lines.
Meet Our Visual Arts Faculty
|Ms. Qiu Yan Hao – Visual Arts Instructor|
|Ms. Hao has loved painting since childhood. She received three years of professional art training at an arts high school. In 1991, she studied art at the Fine Arts Department of Hebei University of Science and Technology. After graduation, she began to study and practice Western classical painting, traditional Chinese painting, graphic design and sculpture. Many of her works are customized and collected privately. In 2014, she participated in the “World Realistic Portrait Painting Contest” and won “Outstanding Humanities Award.”|
|Mr. Perry Uzunoglu, B.A. – Visual Arts Instructor|
|Mr. Uzunoglu graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Art degree in 2009. His studies included traditional western drawing and oil painting as well as graphic design, screen printing, and paper making. Mr. Uzunoglu wishes to provide solid training in the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and design while helping students realize and develop their own artistic purposes and to tell their stories through their art.|
Mandarin Chinese Language & Culture Program
Language acquisition comes naturally to our students through fun and immersion-based activities. Cultural enrichment experiences with ancient legends and poetry help students grasp deeper understandings of the traditional culture spirit, such as virtue and integrity.
Chinese Language and Arts Enrichment Class
Open to students with little or no Chinese language knowledge. This Mandarin Chinese-immersion class is to foster students’ love of language learning through fun enrichment activities. Students will be exposed to essential vocabulary and speaking skills through word games, dance, and drawing, as well as participating in guided conversations.
Chinese Language and Culture Class
Open to students with little or no Chinese language knowledge. This beginning level class is designed to help students develop basic skills in reading, listening, and speaking Mandarin Chinese through conversation exercises, songs and rhymes, and games.
In order to help students gain exposure to the ancient Chinese heritage that is an integral part of their language learning, we will also be offering a Chinese Culture class in which students learn to memorize and recite from the traditional children’s primer San Zi Jing. Within this rhythmic, grammatically simple Song-dynasty work is a series of “introductions to everything,” from the order of numbers and the four seasons to historical characters and moral virtues. Through this class, students will gain a broader knowledge of traditional Chinese values and a more intuitive feel for the language.
Students will also learn basic Chinese calligraphy strokes to better understand Chinese characters and radicals.
Chinese Language Class — Continuing Level
This Continuing Level class is open to students who have basic skills in listening and speaking Chinese. This class focuses on developing students’ reading comprehension and basic writing skills to further enhance their listening and speaking skills. In addition, students will conduct reading of short prose pieces to build their vocabulary.
Meet Our Chinese Language Faculty
Xian Yun CA offers private lessons in piano, violin, and viola. Lessons on other instruments may also be made available based on demand.