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---- DUIXIE DANCE

Duixie contains two meanings. Dui means "upper" or "highland." Therefore it refers to the round dance popular in ruraI areas of Ngamring, Dingri, Lhaze and Sagya counties on the upper reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River. It also refers to the tap dance performed by urban people after the folk dance in dui areas was introduced into Lhasa.

In the mid-seventeenth century the fifth Dalai, in an effort to reinforce his rule by combining government with religion, stipulated that Sholdon Festival be held in Lhasa from the end of June to early July every year. (Sholdon Festival later developed into the Tibetan drama festival.) On this day groups from all parts of Tibet converged on Lhasa to perform. A group from a dui area in Tibet performed a lively and vigorous tap dance that was immediately loved and improved on by people in Lhasa. The major improvement was to start on the second beat, followed by a change of step after every three steps. The dancers tap vigorously to music played on flutes,Duixie Dance Chinese plucked stringed instruments, plucked six-stringed instruments, dulcimers and clusters of small bells. The music for accompaniment of Duixie has been formalized into a slow opening, short interlude, allegro and finale. Thus Duixie has gradually been transformed from a recreational dance to stage exhibition.

The tap dance that has evolved from the Duixie of rural areas is a complex combination of a change of movement after every three steps; five, seven and nine quick steps; mark-time steps with turns. The taps are rhythmic. First popular on the streets and in the open squares and linkas in Lhasa, this dance is also known as Lhasa Tap Dance.



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