A favorite for all ages, the lion dance is an important tradition for Chinese people around the globe and usually performed as part of the Chinese New Year festivities and other important events. The lion dance brings good luck, prosperity, and happiness.
Quite often, people unfamiliar with lion dance think that they are watching ‘dragons’. However, one can tell it is lion dance since it only takes two people to animate the lion. One handles the head, made out of strong but light materials like paper-mache and bamboo, the other plays the body and the tail under a cloth that is attached to the head. Musicians, playing a large drum, cymbals and a gong, accompany the lion. Crowds are often wowed by the acrobatic maneuvers of a full Lion Dance performance!
The North American Lion Dance Team has performed at many festivals, community celebrations and corporate events. They have been featured in the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade and performed at shopping mall and stores including T&T Supermarket, Yaohan Centre and Aberdeen Centre in Richmond. The troupe has showcased their culture at many restaurants in Chinatown and performed for International delegates at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, The Hyatt Regency Hotel and The Vancouver Convention Centre.