There is a saying in the world of traditional Chinese performing arts: “One minute onstage comes from ten years of toiling offstage.”Shen Yun’s dancers are no exception. Their seemingly effortless and relaxed performance comes from years and years of instruction, disciplined practice, and attention to the finest details.They are trained at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts and then Fei Tian College, both in New York, where their training includes rigorous work on dance fundamentals, the unique movements, postures, rhythms, and feel of classical Chinese dance, as well as a wide range of difficult jumping and tumbling techniques.This Dance Fundamentals Exam is a key moment in their dance training and is used to evaluate their individual progress, their development as a group, and even the performance of their instructors. It is an inside look at the meticulous work that goes into years of preparation for that effortless moment on stage. About Fei Tian CollegeFei Tian College – Cuddebackville campus is a private, nonprofit institution of higher learning dedicated to the preservation, development, and promotion of traditional performing arts and culture.In classical arts, it is believed that it takes much more than just technical or physical skill to become a superior artist. It also takes a deep understanding of life and humanity, refinement of the mind, and respect for something higher than oneself.As such, Fei Tian takes a holistic approach to higher education. In addition to achieving advanced skills in the performing arts, students must also broaden their intellectual capacity by developing skills in written and oral communication, critical and creative thinking, and cross-cultural communication, as well as a deeper awareness of the history and cultures of major world civilizations. This knowledge plays an invaluable role in informing their artistic sensibilities.At the heart of a Fei Tian education, though, lies character development. Both faculty and students at the College hold themselves to the universal values of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance — the basic tenets of Falun Dafa, a meditation and cultivation practice with ancient roots. These seemingly simple words establish a fundamental moral framework and guide the students as they strive to continually elevate in mind, body, and spirit. They are the principles that distinguish a Fei Tian education.