Lion dancing is a Chinese classic performance that is frequently associated with a festival event. Almost 90% of the events we’ve done this had some sort of lion dancers to start off or cap off the night!
For those of you not familiar with lion dance, it is a form of traditional dance in the Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion’s movement in traditional Chinese costume. It is a very symbolic performance that is usually performed as a ceremony to exercise evil spirit and to summon luck and fortune. The southern lion exhibits a wide variety of color and has a distinctive head with large eyes, a mirror on the forehead, and a single horn at center of the head. The lion dance is usually accompanied by drums, cymbals and gongs.
The lion dance has close relations to Kung fu and in my experience, the dancers are usually members of the local martial arts school. So if you reside in a major metropolitan are, I suggest contacting your local martial arts school to have such troupe at your upcoming event!
Pictures courtesy of: Jason Tran, Desi Baytan & Meghan Aileen
Trailer courtesty of: Eddy of Moi Studio