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The waist drum performance in north Shaanxi Province has strong and masculine rhythm, which is suitable for the campus atmosphere. Therefore, Ms. Dai, who has been teaching Chinese language at St. Louis University High School for years, built there a waist drum performance troupe.
Photography by Dr. Tai Ching-ling, Confucius Classroom at St. Louis University High School, US
The red ribbons around the drum sticks danced up and down like flames. While the rhythmic drum music sounded on the stage, the hearts of audience echoed pleasantly with it. A boy student said to his classmates excitedly, “Cool! I want to learn how to play the Chinese waist drum.” At this time, Dr. Tai Ching-ling, the teacher at Confucius Classroom in St. Louis University High School, was watching the waist drum performance closely by looking through the curtains at the back of the stage. This was a debut performance made by her student drum troupe.
Ms. Dai has been teaching Chinese language at St. Louis University High School for years. During these years, she has kept considering how to help her students experience the Chinese culture in person. The waist drum performance in north Shaanxi Province has strong and masculine rhythm, which is suitable for the campus atmosphere. Therefore, Ms. Dai asked her friend to purchase waist drums from China and built a waist drum performance troupe.
Many students were present on the first day when the drum course was given. However, they found it was not easy to control the small waist drum, so most of them wanted to give up. Seeing this, Ms. Dai kept encouraging them and introduced them to Chinese drum culture. Gradually, the drum beat became unified and the troupe started to grow.