Who are we?
Chinese Cultural Dance Club at UCLA (CCDC) was founded in 2000 with the vision of sharing Chinese and Chinese American culture through dance. We provide free Chinese dance lessons to the UCLA community, including students, alumni, and juniors from the Families with Children from China Program. We perform in outreach events in the UCLA community and the greater Los Angeles area, e.g. CACN Cultural Night, CSSA Chinese Cultural Night, and USC CSA Chinese New Year Show. People join CCDC to find their cultural roots, to seek a sense of belonging, or simply to make friends and have fun.
What is Lotus Steps?
Lotus Steps is CCDC’s annual showcase. It is a unique cultural event held during the spring quarter. The showcase includes classical Chinese dances as well as dances of various ethnic minorities. Wushu, Lion Dance, Indian Dance also join Lotus Steps as featured guests.
This year's Lotus Steps will be featuring the dance drama Li Bai. Li Bai is one of the greatest poets in Chinese history. Although living in an era of dramatic political changes, he preserved an optimistic and romantic attitude towards life. He is the Lord Byron of Chinese poetry. Our dance drama is an attempt to express the romanticism of Li Bai's poems in a completely different artistic form.
Lotus Steps是我们每年春季学期的年度演出。虽然Lotus Steps并非商演，而是面向大众免费开放，但是其灯光、舞美和舞者们的表演都是几近专业的水平。每场演出包含了古典舞、民族舞等多种类型，营造出沉浸式的欣赏体验，让观众们尽情感受中国文化艺术的美好。
Why we need your help?
Lotus Steps is a completely free event that welcomes UCLA students as well as the greater community to attend. Lotus Steps 2019 will be held at Royce Hall, a prestigious yet expensive stage on UCLA campus. Stage rental alone counts for over 80% of our budget, and this comes with additional costs for costumes and props, programs, and advertising materials. In total, the production costs more than $30,000. Around 60 dancers and more than 20 staff members volunteer their time and efforts during the entire year to make Lotus Steps happen, but to keep the show free, we need the collective efforts of you and the whole UCLA community!
Below is a pie graph that shows how the money raised will be used towards the showcase. Our total budget this year is $32,000, and currently, we are still in need of at least $6,500 (about 20% of budget) for stage rental, costumes, and activity funds. We sincerely appreciate every dollar of your contribution, and we promise to devote all the donation towards a better performance.
我们今年的演出将于5月25日在UCLA最具声望、且能容纳1800人的场地Royce Hall举办。Royce Hall价格不菲，仅场地租赁和人工加起来就占了我们80%左右的总预算。60多名舞蹈演员及20名后台工作人员付出了一年的努力，争取为大家呈现一场精彩且免费的中国舞剧。因此，我们需要你们的支持，将专业的中国舞演出带来UCLA的校园。
Chinese dance is part of our life, and we put in great efforts into every detail of this performance. We aim to provide the best experience to our audience and enrich the diversity across the UCLA campus. We are CCDC, and we work to share what we love.
“You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams.” Gene Kelly
Thank you so much for your support!
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