Ti Gu Yang Ge (a kind of local dance), Datong
Ti Gu Yang Ge is a kind of traditional local dance. Generally, there must be at least 18 to 108 dancers, they dress special clothes to act the heroes of Water Margin (Water Margin is a famous novel which is written to describe a huge peasant uprising of the late Song dynasty. There were 108 heroes in it). The male roles are called ''Gu Yu'', they dance and play drums around their waists with their feet, and the female roles are called ''La Hua'', they must dance and play drums with their hands.
This kind of dance was developed in Song and Yuan dynasties. At that time, it got widely spread in Datong. Nowadays, it is still a popular activity in this area. In people's spare time, or when there are some good things happened, people will perform this dance happily. The melodies of its music are very sprightly, but the scene is very spectacular.
This activity is often hold at the open area of the country or the big squares in the city at nights.
When there are some big festivals or some good things happened, this activity will be more spectacular than usual.