LION DANCE HISTORY
At Hong Luck Kung Fu Club, we continue to advance the long standing tradition of Lion Dance by sharing it with those who are interested in its beauty and athleticism. Our spectacular Lion dance service will turn any occasion into a special occasion.
CHINESE LION DANCE HISTORY
The lion represents the “spirit” of a martial arts school. Traditionally, the lion was used to frighten demons from local businesses and communities, and help bring good fortune to all. Today, the tradition endures by commemorating a host of festivals and opening ceremonies.
The colours of lions vary, and they may follow those attributed to the Chinese god Kwan Kung and his brothers Chang and Liu.
In terms of athleticism, lion dance routines are dynamic and acrobatic. The physical and mental demands of high-level routines are so great that there are now lion dance competitions held annually throughout the world!
During the long revolutionary resistance against the Ch’ing government, the martial arts community often used their lion dance to communicate with the other Chinese patriots.
Although no real lions ever existed in China, lions and the tradition of lion dance have existed in Chinese culture and history for thousands of years. Chinese lions bear very little resemblance to real lions, however, they play an important role in Chinese folklore. Lions are portrayed as peaceful creatures that are considered divine animals of nobility and dignity. They symbolize strength, courage and wisdom.
In absence of records, there are several versions of the history and origin of the lion dance.
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Monday 7-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30-9.30 p.m.
Thursday 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturday 2-4 p.m.
Sunday 1-4 p.m.