Shuling Fister is a Chinese dance choreographer and performer. She is the owner and director of Shuling Studio. Shuling grew up in China and has had a passion for dance all of her life. She received her dance training from professional instructors in China. She continues her dance development by traveling to China to work with top-level choreographers and dance instructors.
Shuling performs primarily Chinese classical and folk dances. Chinese classical dance has roots that date back over 5,000 years. It requires strict and systematic physical training to emphasize the inner meaning and texture of the theme. Sometimes Chinese classical dance is referred to as Chinese ballet. Folk dances are drawn from 56 ethnic groups in China, each with its own unique folk dance traditions. These folk dances are typically associated with the harvest, weddings, festivals and other themes. Props like bright colored fans, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, drums and ribbons are sometimes used in the folk dances.
Shuling and her company members have performed at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington Public Library, Lexmark and Louisville’s Brown Theatre and for events like Chinese New Year Celebrations, the Georgetown Kite Festival, Lexington Mayfest and school cultural exchange programs across Kentucky. She has been offering dance lessons to children and adults since 2004.
Shuling’s performances have exposed numerous audiences across the state to the rich Chinese culture. She has drawn many accolades for her professional caliber performances, splendid costumes and her passion as a cultural ambassador through Chinese dance.