Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Lions can dance

The second day of the Lunar New Year, we returned to China town to watch the Lion dancing competition. 

We didn't know what to expect so looked up a few links before we went, these ones are good to read - and and there are many more informative websites on the matter. 

The beating of a traditional drum, symbols and gongs marked the rhythm for a procession of flags and chinese lions to parade down 18th Street. The street was blocked for the competions for three days. Along with many other spectators we waited patiently for each lion to begin its dance. 

There were around ten yellow metal posts set out in a line, with some stands slightly offset and at different heights between 5 and 10 feet tall. Each lion was formed of two guys, one controlling the head and front legs and the other the back legs (like a pantomime horse). Bounding up the podiums they performed an expressive and athletic dance, which was humorous, powerful and awe-inspiring. We were transfixed by the drums and the lion in perfect harmony. Lucky, we got some of the dance on video, snapped through the crowds, which we will try and share with you. 

Dancing Lion Video

Chinese Lions preparing for the evening dances

18th Street is packed waiting for the dances to commence

Last year's champions open the show

Brings a whole new meaning to the term "pole dancing!"


  1. I'm surprised you both resisted trying to have a go! Jx

    1. V tempted but had forgotten my furry trousers!

  2. Awesome! Just done a huge blog catch up (about 15 posts I think). You've certainly been busy. I'd have loved to have seen that live, but I know that you would've ended up persuading me to take a lion costume home for you in my luggage!