The Lorita Leung Dance Association

The Lorita Leung Dance Association was incorporated as a BC not-for-profit society on January 16, 1984. Shortly afterwards, it was recognized as a Canadian registered charity. The Association’s mandate is to promote, preserve and enhance Chinese dance culture in Canada. It does this in several ways:  by sponsoring Lorita Leung Dance Company; by organizing the Chinese Dance Summer Intensive; and by presenting the Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Syllabus (CDES) in Canada. The Association frequently invites Chinese dance experts from China to Canada on cultural exchange.  

In 1993, The Lorita Leung Dance Association worked in partnership with the Beijing Dance Academy and the Chinese Ministry of Culture to bring the Chinese Dance Examination Syllabus to Canada. The CDES is now offered in BC and Ontario, with over 20 schools participating.

Since 2008, the BC Ministry of Education has recognized the Lorita Leung Dance Association as an approved External Credentials provider, and the Chinese Dance Examination Syllabus as a certified fine arts program. As a result, students are eligible to obtain a total of 12 credits to meet their fine arts and/or applied skills graduation requirements for their Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma).

These credits are awarded upon successful completion of the Chinese Dance Examination Syllabus as follows:

  • 4 credits for completing CDES 7 at the secondary school Grade 10 level
  • 4 credits for completing CDES 8 at the secondary school Grade 11 level
  • 4 credits for completing CDES 9 at the secondary school Grade 12 level

 

Prospective students with no previous dance experience should enroll in the CDES at an early age to ensure that they can reach the CDES 7 level by the time they are in high school grade 10. Students with previous dance background (Chinese dance or other) can be streamed into the Syllabus program depending on experience and ability.

The CDES is divided into 13 levels, and its goals are to enhance the aesthetic education of pre-school and elementary school children and youth dancers; to promote their understanding and appreciation of Chinese songs and dances; and to foster a love of Chinese dance art.

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