"Street Dance of China" champion Ye Yin: The experience is inspiring for contestants
Lin Nan, Wang Wei

Bringing in millions of viewers for its second season, the reality TV series "The Street Dance of China" crowned its latest champion in Ye Yin, and CGTN had the opportunity to speak with the new "King of Street Dance".

Ye Yin said, "The competition has been quite an experience for me. It has been a wonderful showcase of the best of street dance. The audience can see the art's many varieties through the best of street dancing. It's like a panorama of street dance. You can appreciate it in all its shapes and sizes. For contestants like me, it’s a learning experience. It's also been very inspiring at the same time."

A poster of Ye Yin. /Youku Photo

A poster of Ye Yin. /Youku Photo

Ye Yin said age doesn’t matter in street dancing: “Its performers are both young and old. Older dancers tend to have more experiences in life and with the art. They can demonstrate more layers of meaning in their moves. That is as fascinating and inspiring as the youthful energy. So I believe the point of the competition is kind of bringing dancers of different ages together. Here they can present their own understanding of what street dance is."

He went on to say, “How cool our street dance is, that’s what we're trying to show the audience. The thing is, there still lingers certain suspicion about street dancers. I think the competition can change such prejudice. Street dance is just like any other form of dance. It’s quite a normal way to express yourself, and display your energy and your passion. Ever since I began doing street dance, I’ve been wanting to do that."

Ye Yin considered that his time studying fine art is one of his greatest advantages as a street dancer. “Dancing is also a visual medium, just like painting and drawing.” He said, “You've got to give your audience a good picture. There’s the extra element of music, but when all is said and done, the dancer has to use his body and limbs to convey his feelings. The poses and moves are a dancer’s way to talk to the audience. It’s a combination of visuals and sounds.” 

"Taking part in the competition has deepened some of my ideas about street dance. It's all about sincerity, communication, and bringing people together. When I first started dancing, I tried many styles, including some urban and old-school stuff. I've also witnessed the obsession some dancers have about their style. I’m very glad to see the competition presenting different styles on the same stage. It’s exhilarating to see all these street dancers sharing their art together," he said.

(Cover photo shows Ye Yin during performance at the TV show. /Youku Photo)