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Martial-arts show among 40 performances for 2016 Spring Festival Gala

Reporter: Liu Wenwen 丨 CCTV.com

01-21-2016 06:36 BJT

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Just 18 days to go before Chinese Lunar New Year, and China Central Television is busy making preparations for its 2016 Spring Festival Gala. It's traditional viewing for many Chinese, and will include a highly choreographed martial-arts show. 

Outside a large studio at China Central Television, a group of martial artists have just finished rehearsals. 

The Zhonghua Martial Arts School of Shandong Laizhou spent a year designing and practising the show. And 90 members , with an average age of only 15 have been in Beijing for daily drills since mid-December. They have come as ambassadors of the Wushu art.

"We need to continuously improve and innovate with the show to present the quintessence of martial arts on CCTV's stage. For example, we will work on some high-altitude somersault and tilting moves, and greatly improve the overall shape and flow of the group on stage," said Wang Shiqiang, deputy Principal of Zhonghua Martial Arts School of Laizhou. 

File photo of Lv Yitao, the chief director of Spring Festival Evening Gala in 2016.

File photo of Lv Yitao, the chief director of Spring Festival Evening Gala in 2016.

The school has performed at the gala for three consecutive years since 2013. So some of the youngsters performing are by now returning veterans.

The theme of this year's Spring Festival Gala is "You and Me, Our Chinese Dream, Building a Moderately Prosperous Society." The show will be live broadcast from Beijing and four other branch venues in Fujian, Guangdong, and Shaanxi Provinces, and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Forty programs are lined up for the event's variety show, including 10 selected from a talent show.Formal stage rehearsals begin on January the 26th.

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