Beijing Dance Academy is the exclusive higher education institution with commitment to developing excellent professional dancers, choreographers and dance researchers. Director of the Department of Chinese Ethnic and Folk Dance is professor Huang Yihua.
The dance pieces originated from 15 provinces including Heilongjiang, Sichuan, Tibet and are inherited from local people. There are over 40 kinds of dances from 15 ethnic groups including Han, Tibetan, Mongolian, Uyger, Korean, Dai minority groups. Some of them are listed in intangible cultural heritage protection projects, others are still passed down from generation to generation.