The Dancing Class

In this thesis report, I chronicle the production process of my film, The Dancing Class, for the completion of the MFA thesis. The Dancing Class is a fictional short film that depicts a dancer who studies at a top dance school and her intense desire to perform a leading role in a show. When the director offers her a chance, the dancer is pressured to take the role no matter the consequences. This film is made in a dramatic style based on the author’s personal experience of attending a dance school in China. This film is influenced by Darren Aronofsky’s film Black Swan. Through showing the change of the protagonist’s attitude, Black Swan shows the different side of a dancer. The Dancing Class has a similar idea but tells a different story. Through sharing the process of making The Dancing Class, I hope to reveal how I used body language and storytelling skills as a director and choreographer to tell a dance story.