The history and spirit of a culture are reflected in its performing arts. If this is true, then the richness, depth, and diversity of the Chinese culture are certainly embodied in its classical folk dance. Many outside of China are not aware, but there are 56 officially recognized ethnic groups in China. Each ethnic minority group in China possesses and practices its own unique form of “folk” dance that reflects its unique history, culture, and values. Though each group is uniquely different, together they form the collective spirit of the Chinese people, past, present, and future. Pan America Chinese Dance Alliance (PACDA) was founded to create opportunities for effective and substantive cross-cultural exchanges in the performing arts between Chinese dancers and teachers in the U.S. and dance professionals in China. PACDA founder, professor Pan Zhitao, a nationally recognized authority, expert, and historian of Chinese folk dances has spent nearly his entire life dedicated to the teaching and exploration of this art form. By forming this alliance of dance instructors, professor Pan hopes to rally and unite all practitioners of classical Chinese folk dance, whether they are students or teachers, by offering resources and support to help them enhance their performance, strengthen their technique, and connecting their dance to the full richness of the Chinese culture. Whether you are a beginning or advanced student of Chinese dance, or a dance instructor, we invite you to become a member of the Pan America Chinese Dance Alliance.