How do lions dance?

Lion Dancers Give Basic Lesson

How is the lion dance performed?

With the loud music of gongs and drums, one dancer manipulates the lion’s head while the other manipulates the lion’s body, imitating a lion’s various movements. The lion dance is usually performed at Chinese traditional festivals such as Chinese New Year or important occasions such as business opening events.

How did the dragon dance begin?

The Dragon Dance originated from the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 24 AD) and the tradition never faded. Originally performed to please the ancestors and to plead for enough rain for crops and hence preventing sickness and hunger, the Dragon Dance has gradually become a cultural activity.

How did the lion dance start?

Although its specific origins have been lost in the mists of time, most historians believe lion dancing began in the late Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), when lions were brought to Northern China from Central Asia as gifts for the emperor and representations of the beast began to be incorporated into existing traditional


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