Chinese Dance Janet Throgmorton 4th вЂ“ 6th Grades Chinese dance dates back nearly 5,000 years. Chinese dancers use their body to communicate their thoughts and feeling with ease and grace. 4 Types of Chinese Dance вЂў Ceremonial вЂ“ for praying to the gods for bountiful harvest. вЂў Dramatic вЂ“ for reporting and commemorating historical events. вЂў Martial вЂ“ for demonstrating fighting techniques. вЂў Agricultural вЂ“ for celebrating nature and work. Yanko (ribbon dance) is one of the most theatrical dances in China. Using ribbons, this dance began as a performance for royalty. It later developed into a folk dance that is performed in the streets during harvest festivals and other celebrations. Examples of Modern Chinese Dance Dress The Cloud Gate Dance Troupe performed in several countries worldwide, and is considered one of the most representative modern Chinese dance groups.