Dance in China is a highly varied art form, consisting of many modern and traditional dance genres. The dances cover a wide range, from folk dances to performances in opera and ballet, and may be used in public celebrations, rituals and ceremonies. There are also 56 officially recognized ethnic groups in China, and each ethnic minority group in China also has its own folk dances. Chinese ethnic and folk dance represents a vast and varied assortment of traditional dance styles. Chinese ethnic dance generally refers to the dance forms passed down among the many minority ethnic groups within China. Folk dance, meanwhile, refers to the popular dance styles passed down among the majority Han ethnicity, like the Yang Ge, ribbon, and handkerchief dances. Chinese folk dance, created and went round in Chinese folk, is restricted by folk customs and it is a dance form taken diverting-oneself as its main function. Due to the differences among survival environment, customs, habits, life styles, ethnic characteristics, cultural traditions and religious beliefs different ethnic groups had formed obviously different dance styles and performance skills. Chinese folk dance is featured with various forms, abundant content, vivid images and thus the classic, royal and professional dance of different times had taken it as necessary original material sources. Chinese folk dance is linked closely with real life and reflects the life struggle, ideology, aesthetic taste and so on of common people directly. One of the most typical examples is skillful use of props, such as fan, handkerchief, long silk, tambourine, colored stick, colored umbrella, colored lantern, which strengthens the art performing ability of dance. On the other hand, the combination of songs and dances promotes the full expression of daily life and easily understanding.