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  • Lion Dance

 

The Lion Dance is the most popular cultural performance in China. The performers are usually members of a Kung Fu school, and when performed correctly the dance can bring good fortune and prosperity to wherever the dance is performed. While most often seen during the celebration of the Chinese New Year, it can be performed anytime, anywhere, and can be used to celebrate anything from a restaurant opening to a birthday.

Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume.

The lion costume may be operated by a single dancer, or more frequently by a pair of dancers. The single dancer springs about while energetically moving and shaking the head and operating the jaws and eyes. The pair of dancers, forming the back and fore legs of the beast, mimic the motions of a single animal as they move between platforms of varying elevations. The dance is traditionally accompanied by gongs, cymbals, drums and firecrackers, representing the descent of good luck. Lion Dance is taught in the Jow Class as part of the tradition of Kung Fu.

  • Dragon Dance

 

Dragon dance is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. Like the lion dance it is most often seen in festive celebrations. Chinese people often use the term "Descendants of the Dragon" as a sign of ethnic identity.

In the dance, a team of people carry the dragon--which is an image of the Chinese dragon--on poles. The lead dancers lift, dip, thrust and sweep the head, which may contain animated features controlled by a dancer and is sometimes rigged to belch smoke from pyrotechnic devices. The dance team mimics the supposed movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating manner. The movements in a performance traditionally symbolise historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity. The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world.

Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people, which is reflected in their qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both frightening and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and so eventually became an emblem to represent imperial authority.

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