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Liu Feng (Huang Xuan) is the leader of a People's Liberation Army (PLA) dance troupe, which rehearses tirelessly to perform ballets against a backdrop of violence and pain from the Cultural Revolution. There is a strict pecking order within the troupe led by general's daughter Shuwen (Li Xiaofeng) followed closely by resident beauty Dingding (Yang Caiyu) and Mongolian curiosity Drolma (Sui Yuan). Unfortunately, Xiaoping (Miao Miao), newly arrived from Beijing, is at the bottom of the hierarchy by virtue of a stain on her father's reputation. Time and again, other girls in the troupe bully and intimidate Xiaoping and as the years pass, the dancers' fortunes become tightly entwined with the shifting landscape of the country as a whole.