Glory is added to the great cause of education and in the new year we are going to embrace a bright future. On New Year's Eve on February 4, 2019 CCTV Spring Festival Gala started as scheduled with the opening dance called "Spring Sea" with a strong festival atmosphere. For the third time, students of School of Music and Dance of SCUN were invited to attend the Spring Festival Gala. They participated in dances of many programs such as "Spring Sea" "Hundred Lions Giving Congratulations on Spring Festival” " Mom, I'm Back", "Building the Chinese Dream Together", "Dream Pursuing", " Distant Time" and "Tonight is Unforgettable", etc. After more than two months of hard rehearsals, their exquisite artistic skills and good mental outlook once again shone on the CCTV stage.
Full of joy and festivity, the opening dance "Spring Sea" brought the beauty of spring all over the world. “Mom, I'm Back" showed the warmth of family affection in a touching way. The ambitious "Building the Chinese Dream Together" drew up the blueprint for the revival of China. The wonderful performance of our students has added color and luster to these programs. Compared with what they had done in the previous two Spring Festival Galas, the students assumed heavier tasks and performed more fully this year. The grand "Hundred Lions Giving Congratulations on Spring Festival" demonstrated excellent traditional Chinese culture and the strength of unity and the confidence of national rejuvenation through the combination of strength and beauty in the dance. All the 40 male students of SCUNl participated in this pure dance program. "Distant Time" was sung by Sun Nan and Zhang Jie and all the dancers were the 80 students from SCUN.
On New Year's Eve, family members would sit in front of TV to watch CCTV Spring Festival Gala, which has become a new folk custom for the Chinese people to celebrate the Spring Festival. Although the students cannot celebrate the Festival with their loved ones, they are filled with pride for spreading happiness to the whole nation. To complete the performance perfectly, 80 students of all ethnic groups converted pressure into power and rehearsed hard during the 65 days of preparation before going to Beijing. After finishing choreography, they continued to rehearse in coordination with stage art, lighting, acoustics and other types of work in performance in CCTV studio hall. They often rehearsed from 9: 00 a.m. to 2: 00 a.m., constantly striving for perfection in dance movements and the integration of individual performance into collective performance. The students said that getting on the stage of CCTV was an acknowledgement of SCUN's strength and their professional dancing ability as well as a rare opportunity to learn. During the busy rehearsal, the Party members among them established a temporary Party branch which carried out study activities during rest periods. The Party members set examples in the rehearsal to give full play to their leading role.
Compared with previous years, the number of students of SCUN participating in the Spring Festival Gala this year is the highest, an increase of 30 people over the previous year. They come from a variety of ethnic minorities such as the Zang nationality, the Mongolian nationality, the Yi nationality and the Dongxiang nationality. They are undergraduates of the four grades and postgraduates of School of Music and Dance. For some of them, this year is their third time to participate in the Spring Festival Galas. The university attaches great importance to their rehearsal and performance. Before rehearsing in Beijing, leaders of SCUN worked out a detailed work plan, improved the management plan based on the experience of the performances over the previous two years and carried out a clear division of labor and fulfillment of responsibilities. SCUN appointed five teachers to phase team-leading and provide guidance for their rehearsal. SCUN cared about the students a lot and had delivered dumplings on winter solstice, McDonald's on new year's eve, steamed buns and porridge on Laba festival, and Zhou Black Duck on the night before lunar New Year's Eve so that every students could feel the care and warmth from SCUN.
School of Music and Dance has a strong faculty and is committed to building an important base for talents cultivation, artistic research and cultural inheritance and innovation of China's ethnic minorities’ music and dance. Dance major students have participated in the CCTV Spring Festival Gala for three consecutive years, winning unanimous praise from the CCTV director group and all sectors of society, and fully demonstrating SCUN's education quality and good image.