Lion Dance – Chinese New Year 2010 – Year of the TIger (London)

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Lion Dance – Chinese New Year 2010 – Year of the TIger (London)

I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Lion dance at Chinatown in London. A lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. The lion dance is often mistaken as dragon dance. An easy way to tell the difference is that a lion is operated by two people, while a dragon needs many people. Also, in a lion dance, the performers’ faces are covered, since they are inside of the lion. In a dragon dance, the performers can be seen since the dragon is held upon poles. Basic lion dance fundamental movements can be found in most Chinese martial arts.

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