Lions the mane event at dance course


Learning the moves and secret language used by Chinese lion dancers around the world was all part of the ‘‘how to become a lion dancer’’ workshop held last week in Lawrence.

Ten children from the area took part in the first of three workshop sessions conducted at the St John rooms, under the tutorage of Lisa Hanson, of the Otago Southland Chinese Association’s Dunedin lion dancers group.

Tutor Lisa Hanson, of the Otago Southland Chinese Association’s Dunedin lion dancers group,...
Tutor Lisa Hanson, of the Otago Southland Chinese Association’s Dunedin lion dancers group, checks on Kendal Homer (8) as she learns how to handle Leonora the lion and move like a Chinese lion dancer in Lawrence last week. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE
Funded by the Creative Communities Scheme, the workshops will be spread out over the year to give as many children as possible the chance to discover lion dancing.

Organiser Anne Cheng said she was very happy with the young attendees, who all seemed to grasp the initial moves and steps as they learned about the history of Chinese lion dancing and how to merge it with the music to entertain crowds.

Heath Little (10, left) and Tom Ponsonby (9) have fun with large cymbals at the Chinese lion...
Heath Little (10, left) and Tom Ponsonby (9) have fun with large cymbals at the Chinese lion dancing training they attended in Lawrence last week.PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE
‘‘We are hoping to have Leonora, our new community purchased Chinese lion, parade with Jimmy our Chinese dragon at the upcoming lantern parade later in the year,’’ she said.

JOHN.COSGROVE @cluthaleader.co.nz

 

Add a Comment

drivesouth-pow-classic-2.png

 

Advertisement

postanote_header_620_x_80.png

postanote_620_x_25.jpg

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter