Tibetans who live in the snow-covered highland are mysterious and holy. Generally speaking, Tibetans are good at singing and dancing. There are two sayings in Tibet that is "Tibetans who can walk can dance." and "Tibetans who can talk can sing." Tibetans are blessed at singing and dancing. They make the snow-covered highland a well-known "song and dance world."
The Tibetan dance is a display of Tibetan life. It's the cultural accumulation of the 5000 years of the history of Tibet. It shows the life of the people who conquered the highest mountain in the world and it shows the ability and wisdom of the Tibetan people. It's the treasure of the Chinese civilization and it has already had its own status in the art and literary circles in the world.
The Tibetan folk dance usually combines singing and dancing. The custom of carrying water on their back gives them a lean figure. Because they wear special Tibetan long robe, they all tend to have a special beauty which is known as the "Same Direction". The "Same Direction" means that the hands and the feet of the dancers move in the same direction and makes special well-regulated movements. The reason for forming the "Same Direction" was because they could save much physical strength in this way, and it became a part of Tibetan daily life. Tibetans make the "Same Direction" the basic movement in their dance.
Tibetans believe in Tibetan Buddhism. Their devotional faith makes their dance more religious. For thousands of years, the ancient Tibetans created a special religious dance in fighting against the nature and the enemies. Nowadays, many kinds of Tibetan dances have spread all over the highland like the stars in the sky and show their special splendor and charisma.
Among them, the most fantastic one is “Guozhuang dance”. In the Tibetan language, "Guozhuang dance" means "singing and dancing in a circle". It is one of the three major Tibetan folk dances popular in Tibet and places like Yunnan, Qinghai and Gansu where Tibetans live.
In the dance, men and women of an equal number form a circle with one person acting as the leading dancer. The dance involves repeated musical dialogues in antiphonal style between male and female dancers, without any accompaniment of musical instruments.
The Guozhuang dance is rich in content and flexible in steps. It changes with the development of Tibetan life and work. There are dances featuring daily work like barley gathering, wool twisting, cattle feeding and wine making etc. And also there are dances dedicated to the praising of heroes. The Guozhuang dance is a joyous dance. Whenever there are festivals or happy events, people of all ages will merrily join the dance.