In October of 2005 and May of 2006, separate student and staff delegations of Ohlone College visited the prestigious Shanghai Theatre Academy in Shanghai, China. The delegations met with Shanghai Theatre Academy administrators and professors, enjoyed graceful dance performances by talented STA students, listened to folk dance music, and experienced Chinese dance training. These visits helped bring about a Cooperation Agreement between Shanghai Theatre Academy and Ohlone College.
In July of 2006 Shanghai Theatre Academy Dance College leaders visited Ohlone College to discuss the further development of our partnership. It was then agreed to invite a Shanghai Theatre Academy delegation of 31 students and faculty to conduct two performances at the Ohlone College Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, on November 16th and 17th, 2006. With dance pieces entitled "Brilliant Clouds", "Time is Like Water, It Flows but Never Returns", and "Ladies with Fans" the student dance troupe delighted back to back sell-out crowds. The dances were said to illustrate various aspects of China's rich and storied culture.
Enjoy these photos of dancers from the Shanghai Theatre Academy during their performance at Ohlone College in late 2006.