Founded in 1987, the Jinfan Dance Troupe of Beijing School No. 9 is composed of approximately 25 middle and high school dance students ranging in age from 12-18. The troupe’s dance aesthetic focuses on traditional Chinese dance and produces high quality choreography, costuming, and performances. The troupe’s repertoire includes diverse traditional Chinese dance genres such as Han Drum, Mongolian and Tibetan, as well as contemporary dance forms.
The Jinfan Dance Troupe appears regularly at galas and in performances produced by the China Central Television Station in Beijing. As a preeminent youth dance troupe in China, they have won multiple international and domestic prizes in variety of dance competitions and festivals, and have toured in countries such as Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Korea, Luxembourg, and the United States. Most notably, the troupe performed a traditional dance entitled “Paper Cutting Girl” during the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.
The National Cathedral School (NCS) in Washington, DC is the official host and partner of the Jinfan Dance Troupe of Beijing School No. 9 during their February 2014 visit. In March of 2013, the NCS Dance Program established a formal cultural exchange with the dance program of Beijing School No. 9, when NCS dancers and Chinese language students traveled together to China. The NCS Dance Program is tentatively scheduled to return to Beijing in March 2015 to continue this exchange partnership.