FORGET urban, street, hip-hop fads - there’s a new dance craze that is set to sweep the city of Sheffield.
The elegant art of Chinese dancing is experiencing a surge in popularity as teachers step up their efforts to bring a taste of the East to the Steel City.
A mixture of classical, folk and ethnic dance has been taught at the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield since 2007.
The majority of attendees are members of the city’s large Chinese community but more and more adults, children and students from the UK are attending the centre’s open sessions.
Its popularity has been put down to its unique and elegant style taught by Wanlin Steele, a graduate of Beijing Dance Academy.
Caterina Weber, project co-ordinator, said: “The standard and quality of these classes can almost certainly be found only in Sheffield. The Chinese community appreciates dance as part of their culture and also as a means of showing Chinese culture to local residents.”
For more information, visit the website www.sheffield.ac.uk/confucius