Asian New Year Festival
What is ANYF?
Asian New Year Festival (ANYF) is AASA’s annual cultural showcase celebrating the Lunar New Year through dance and performance. This year, over 300 student performers will put on 13 different dances from countries such Malaysia, Korea, Japan, China, and the Philippines. Come join us to celebrate the diversity of dance, performance, and art across Asian and Asian-American cultures!
There are a great variety of dances in ANYF. Click on a picture to find out more!
Hula is an ancient Polynesian dance form that originated in the Hawaiian Islands. The dance comprises of two primary forms, Hula ‘Auana and Hula Kahiko.‘Auana is a more Westernized form of dance featuring modern instruments such as the ukulele. It’s often portrayed in media as sensual and rhythmic, featuring coconut-clad dancers and radio-friendly music. Kahiko is the more traditional form of Hula dance. It was a temple dance performed by young men and women in order to communicate with the gods. Our performance will incorporate both these styles into our dance in celebration of Hawaiian culture while telling a story!
Ori Tahiti (literally translated as “Tahitian dance”) connects artistic movement with the oral tradition of Polynesian culture. During ancient Polynesian times, Ori Tahiti was linked to all aspects of Tahitians’ lives. Dance was used as a way to celebrate happiness, welcome visitors, pray to deities, challenge enemies, woo potential mates, and more! Tahitian hula incorporates fast hip shaking with flowing hand and foot movements. Colorful costumes, dramatic dancing, and thunderous percussion have made Tahitian Hula popular in other countries.
Sayaw sa Bangko
Sayaw sa Bangko, literally translating to "dance on a bench," brings drama to new heights as dancers twirl, jump, and lift each other in increasingly dangerous feats on benches stacked higher and higher. This is a team dance in every sense-- not only does every lift and jump demand trust between each dancer and their partner, but the entire group must work like a well-oiled machine as the stakes (and the benches) get higher. With commitment and daring, you'll get to heights you never imagined. How much can you bench?
Sayaw sa Bangko is believed to have originated from the Pangasinan region of the Philippines before Spanish colonization. It is often performed at town fiestas.
ANYF Hip Hop seeks to showcase the immense contribution to Hip Hop music and choreography culture made by Asian and Asian-American artists.
SingKil & Tinikling
Tinikling is a traditional Philippine dance, where half of the group jumps through long bamboo sticks and half claps those sticks together as the dancers jump in and out. The dance simulates birds jumping through grass stems. The movement of the bamboo sticks progressively increases in tempo, showing how talented the dancers are, matching the pace of the clapping.
“My favorite part about Tinikling, is how connected it is the entire time. You’re always relying on everyone else to do exactly what you expect them to do. It can look impossible at first, but the key is just to make sure you do your individual part correctly, and trust that everyone else will do the same.” - Scott Rogers, Co-Choreographer
Praise Movement is an art-form that blends dancing, acting, and storytelling to offer a form of worship unto God. The primary purpose of Praise Movement is to bring people of all different backgrounds, experiences, and abilities together to depict the the life-changing story of the Gospel. Performed by Vanderbilt's InterVarsity Asian American Christian Fellowship and several other members of the Vanderbilt community, Praise Movement is an inclusive experience that seeks to creatively show the beauty, struggle, and importance of the Gospel narrative. We've made this dance completely audition-free to emphasize the fact that this experience is open to any and every Vanderbilt student that wants to tell a meaningful story!
"What I found most rewarding about Praise Movement was being able to build and support a community among people with different beliefs. Some believe in the Christian faith, and others don't, but in the end, what brings us together as a family is the common desire to put on a meaningful story and share it with the Vanderbilt community. I've loved seeing that community and those friendships extend even after ANYF is over." - Joyce Hwang, Choreographer 2015-2016
For millennia, martial arts has been an integral part of culture, particularly in Asia. Much like language, each style of fighting has evolved over history and is unique to its origin country or region. This act is a glimpse of that story, containing elements of tai chi, taekwondo, and kung fu, and more. Martial arts, although beautiful, also has a deadly function, which we display with mock fights and a range of weapons, such as bo staff, escrima sticks, tonfa, and swords.
In the context of ANYF, martial arts emphasizes teamwork and family. It is an opportunity to meet people all over campus and collaboratively create a performance that we all take pride in. Each person has their moment to shine and contribute to the act. Martial arts welcomes people from from all experience levels, especially beginners, and prioritizes safety. We hope that everyone walks away with basic martial arts skills and a new amazing group of friends.
Sōran Bushi (ソーラン節) is a traditional folk song (min’yō 民謡) with longstanding cultural value. Originating as a work song among migrant fisherman traveling to Hokkaido, the sea shanty was used to re-energize the hard-working fishermen while they transferred herrings from drift nets to small boats. While the iconic “calls” of Sōran Bushi have no direct translation, “dokkoisho” (ドッコイショ) and “sōran” (ソーラン) are akin to “heave ho” and are used to keep time and coordinate movements.
Today, Sōran Bushi lives on in the many routines performed by dancing groups and schools in festivals. The animated dance moves commonly illustrate the movement of waves, net-pulling, and other fisherman related actions. Performances are often accompanied with singer Takio Ito’s musical track of Sōran Bushi. Takio Ito, originally from the Hokkaido region who grew up with his fisherman father singing the work song, was inspired to record his own modern track.
Sōran Bushi is a powerful, exciting song and dance that joins people together to appreciate hard work and community. As Ito aptly puts it, "One of the points of min’yō is the call and response vocals. That can help make you feel at one with the people you’re with."
KPop dances encompass artistic expressions of a wide range of concepts, from sexy to cute to powerful. Although it's part of mainstream South Korean culture, it is quickly becoming a global music genre known for its catchy tunes, unique choreography, and visual aesthetics.
This year, Malaysian Fusion aims to present a cultural experience that spans acrosscenturies of Malaysian history. With the combination of Tarian Lilin (Candle Dance), Bujang Ganong, Javanese-styled movements, Zapin, and Endang, Malaysian Fusion hopes to tell the story of cultural dances development in Malaysia.
Starting off with Tarian Lilin (Candle Dance), where dancers perform while holding plates with candles on the them. The dance starts with “sembah” (the act of putting hands together in a prayer-like manner to convey greetings with respect), and continues with graceful and mesmerizing movements. The dance then transitions to Bujang Ganong, a character who is strong, energetic, and considered mystical. Ending the dance is the Fusion part of Malaysian Fusion, consisting of Javanese-styled movements, Zapin, and Endang. Zapin is a dance with strong leg movements, while Endang creates beautiful patterns with graceful hand movements.
부채춤, or Buchaechum, is a Korean fan dance believed to have originated from shamans performing nature rites with leaves. It has since evolved into one of the most highly refined of Korean dances, with the fans thought to expel evil and bring prosperity. The fans used in this performance are handmade from Korea, and depict pink peony blossoms. The graceful and precise movements by many dancers at once are meant to evoke natural phenomena and recall blooming trees, flowers, and waves. With poise and beauty, the unity between the dancers allows them to coordinate formations that embody exquisite elegance.
Chinese Ribbon and Fan Dance
Ribbon and fan dance is a combination of two traditional Chinese dances. Ribbon dance was first recorded in the Han Dynasty and ribbons are used as a symbol of sleeves. It is said that ribbon dance was created in memory of a historical figure who protected his emperor from the sword by his sleeve. Fan dance also originated from Han Dynasty, and has been historically categorized as civilian and military. Therefore, you may see fans representing weapons sometimes or showing gracefulness. In our dance, we will use long silky ribbons and fans with long veils to dance to the rhythm, combining tradition dance with modern movements.
Watersleeves and Swords
Watersleeves & Swords is a vibrant dance, celebrating the juxtaposition of the modern and the classic aspects of Chinese dance. Both the sleeves and the swords serve to extend the dancer's body, yet stand in direct contrast to each other; swords are powerful and inflexible, while sleeves are graceful and flowing. By incorporating both modern and classic movements, we hope to present you with an exciting re-imagination of a dance style that has been around since the Qing dynasty.
Reminisce with the Class of 2017 as we dance our way through our four years at Vanderbilt. From trying to fit in as freshman to feeling slightly more composed as sophomores to finally figuring out that work hard/play hard balance as juniors, we’re celebrating all that we’ve accomplished now that we are graduating seniors. Although our dance is the last one of ANYF, “The Night is Still Young” because our journeys continue…
Chinese Song Choir
Chinese Song Choir is our newest addition to ANYF! It combines traditional Chinese instruments and elements with pop music. Being a part of Chinese Song Choir is a great way to learn and experience Chinese culture, to see some really cool Chinese instruments played by some really cool people. EVERYONE is qualified to be a part of this performance! You do not need to speak Chinese (we will be singing in multiple languages), be able to sing, or play an instrument- anyone with an enthusiasm for Chinese culture or for musical performance can be a part of CSC. This performance does not have an audition.