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PHOTO GALLERY: Visiting Chinese middle school students performed Friday at Jesse Auditorium

Saturday, January 21, 2012 | 1:07 a.m. CST

Visiting Chinese middle school students performed traditional music, dances, martial arts and Peking Opera Friday at Jesse Auditorium. The students came from two Beijing schools to perform in celebration of the Chinese New Year, which is Jan. 23. 

Martial artists from Bayi and Haidian Shiyan Middle School watch their classmates during rehearsal before the Chinese Culture and Art Night on Friday at Jesse Auditorium. Sixty-five students from Beijing performed in the program, which included martial arts, folk music, ethnic dancing and Peking opera.
Dancers perform the long skirt dance, an ethnic dance done by the Yi minority in China. The middle school students traveled from Beijing to perform Friday in Jesse Auditorium for the Chinese New Year.
Lai Zexuan performs Tai Chi during the individual performance section of the Chinese Culture and Art Night Friday at Jesse Auditorium.
Dancers mingle backstage during rehearsal before the Chinese Culture and Art Night Friday at Jesse Auditorium. The event was hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs, the MU Confucius Institute, and China Society for People's Friendship Studies in celebration of the Chinese New Year.
Yin Zhengtong does a split during the Chinese boxing performance at Chinese Culture and Art Night Friday at Jesse Auditorium.
Chinese middle school students from Beijing perform "Sing in the Spring Rain," a classic Chinese dance during the Chinese New Year celebration Friday at Jesse Auditorium.
A Peking opera performer has her lipstick checked by her teacher backstage Friday during the Chinese Culture and Art show at Jesse Auditorium.

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