The Great Race:
The Chinese Zodiac Dance Workshop

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with a dance workshop based on the origin story of the Chinese Zodiac, The Great Race.

The story of the Zodiac is the most popular story told during Chinese New Year, and it is the tale that children in China still explore and retell today.

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor invited all the animals to a Great Race, promising that the first 12 animals to cross the river would each have a year named after them. 

From the quick-witted Rat who was the first to reach the finish line, to the Pig who came in twelfth after stopping mid-race to snack and nap, the animals who completed the race represent the 12 year Zodiac cycle.

The workshop is based on Christopher Carr’s retelling of the story for children, The Great Race. During the sessions each class will be led by an expert choreographer as they work together to recreate the characters and story.

Featuring music and movement inspired by traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, your children will develop their cultural understanding as they reinvent the most popular story behind Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year 2019 takes place on Tuesday 5th February, and this year will be the year of the Pig!



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What you need to know

Workshop leader: A West End dancer and choreographer experienced in working with children.

Topics: Storytelling through movement, responding to stimuli, creation of simple dances, expressing feelings.

Age range: Reception to Year 6.

Location: In your school hall

Group size: Up to 30 children per class, 6 or 7 classes per day. Larger schools may need multiple days.