Flying Silk, which was founded at UNC in February 2013, is the only dance group at UNC dedicated to this style of dance.
Members of the group work on exploring other types of dance and incorporating them into more traditional choreography in unique ways.
This semester, the group is preparing to perform a new Mongolian dance piece.
“It’s different from other dance groups because we are really expanding ourselves to different styles of dance, especially Asian cultures,” said Anne Lee, a freshman business major.
“We try to keep it as traditional as possible with the costumes and the types of dance that we do.”
Flying Silk dancers compare their style of dance to ballet — and they wear ballet slippers to perform — but their performances stand out because of the ribbons.
Marissa Liu, the captain of Flying Silk, said no one on the current team has any professional experience, which makes it easy for new or inexperienced dancers to quickly pick up the choreography with the rest of the team.
Flying Silk added seven new students to its team following auditions on Tuesday and a series of workshops for aspiring members on Jan. 13 and Jan. 15. Four of the new members are men, making this the first time the Flying Silk team has included men.