Fei Tian College Dancers Spark Appreciation for Beauty at LEGOLAND New York ‘Celebration of the Arts’

By Kelly Song
Kelly Song
Kelly Song
Kelly Song covers China-related matters and health issues for The Epoch Times. She is based in the United States. Have a tip? kelly.song@epochtimes.nyc
September 16, 2022 Updated: September 19, 2022

For two weekends in September, a collaborative event between Orange County Arts Council and LEGOLAND New York Resort “Celebration of the Arts,” brings arts and entertainment to the local communities. Based on the themes of “build, create, imagine,” this pilot initiative features local artists and performers from a diverse background.

The first weekend’s performance featured E’Lissa Jones, Chickenshed Theatre, Wickham Works, and the Dance Department from Fei Tian College at Middletown (FTC Middletown).

The FTC Middletown dancers performed classical ballet works, Chinese dance repertoire pieces, and student choreography. Some pieces painted picturesque scenes and portrayed different moods, while other dances told stories from ancient China.

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Fei Tian College Middletown dance students perform a classical Chinese dance depicting an ancient Chinese fairytale about the emperor Ming of Tang Dynasty, who visits the heavenly moon palace, and sees fairies dancing amidst the clouds. (Courtesy of Fei Tian College Middletown)

According to its website, FTC Middletown is a private, non-profit college that offers specialized undergraduate and graduate programs in the Arts and Sciences. Its dance department programs are steeped in traditions of the East and West. It provides students with rigorous training in either classical ballet or classical Chinese dance, and prepares graduates to become performers, choreographers, educators, or administrators.

FTC Middletown students expressed their appreciation to the organizers, “it is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase beauty and grace of traditional arts to our communities.”

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Fei Tian College Middletown graduate ballet student performing her own choreography about a young woman with a passion for dance at the LEGOLAND New York Celebration of the Arts on Sept. 10, 2022. (Courtesy of Fei Tian College Middletown)

Through various performances, collaborations, and educational outreach events, the FTC Middletown dance department aspires to share traditional arts with local communities.

The coming weekend (Sept. 17–18) lineup of artist groups include Art Lillard and His Band, Chickenshed Theatre, Cari Skier, Warwick Center for the Performing Arts, etc. For more information, please visit the Orange County Arts Council website.

Kelly Song
Kelly Song covers China-related matters and health issues for The Epoch Times. She is based in the United States. Have a tip? kelly.song@epochtimes.nyc