“China Patterns” Coming to Marshall County


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Colorful myths, historical drama, and timeless beauty will take the stage when Dance China New York presents “China Patterns” Wednesday, October 3, at 7 p.m. in the Marysville Elementary School gymnasium and Thursday, October 4, at 7 p.m. in the Valley Heights High School gymnasium.

Both hour-long performances are free and sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative.

“China Patterns” will show the vibrant, varied, and rich cultural history of Chinese performing arts. Performed by six professional artists, the program will give the audience a taste of authentic Chinese culture with colorful, costumed folk dances and performances. Signature performances include the swirling Red Ribbon Dance, renowned Chinese opera acts, and a demonstration on the Erhu, a traditional Chinese musical instrument.

The performers are members of Dance China New York, the resident touring company at the New York Chinese Cultural Center. The company was founded in 1973 in New York City’s Chinatown. The dancers are internationally-renowned artists from mainland China, Taiwan, and the United States. The dancers are Wanru Lin, Yang Wang, Yang Wang, Bin Zhai, Grant Zhuang, and Zuexin Li.

The company performs traditional and contemporary folk and classical dances that weave a vision of China’s ancient indigenous folk cultures. The dances evoke the haunting beauty and melancholy of imperial courtesans, recreate the rousing carnival rhythms of a harvest festival, and conjure up the dramatic beating of drums and clashing of swords on a distant battlefield.

The company has toured to hundreds of cities across twenty-three states, bringing the movements and rhythms of China to communities large and small. Each year they perform at over 500 events and reach an audience of over 150,000 people.

In addition to their two public performances, the company will perform in all four school districts in Marshall County. They will be in Frankfort and Marysville Wednesday, October 3, and Axtell and Valley Heights Thursday, October 4.

The school performances will be performed in full, traditional Chinese costumes. The programs will introduce students to Chinese culture through language lessons, historical background, on-stage demonstrations, and audience interaction. The diversity of dance selections, authentic costumes, music, props, and narration will illustrate and explain traits, customs, and patterns of Chinese life.

For more information people may visit the arts cooperative’s website at

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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