Lion Dancing 2018

Celebrating the year of the Dog our Lion dance team set off for an exciting start of the new year. From all the hard work and training last year, our team didn’t take long to brush off the summer heat to jump right back into performing. Chinese New Year was fun filled with singing and dancing at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and The Chinese Gardens. A couple dancers also went to the Dunedin Club for a fine dining performance. Our big event up to Oamaru was a great experience for not only our performers but for their families too. We drove up from Dunedin in the torrential rain only to find the sun was shining all over Oamaru. We had initially planned for a huge Chinese New Year Dinner up there, but as it was a beautiful day, we decided to do Chinese takeout and MacDonald’s at the Oamaru Botanical Gardens. The Dragon Dancers and Chinese Dancers also drove up from Dunedin for the Oamaru Chinese New Year Celebrations. It was a fantastic setup, and the outside weather was stunning. Our latest performance was in Lawrence celebrating the heritage of Chinese culture in Otago. They threw on a yummy BBQ and as the weather was lovely we stopped on the way home for an ice-cream at the park. Ruth Kelsall and I went to the Sara Cohen School at Bathgate Park School. We could show our Lion Head Costume to the special needs kids, and take part in some Chinese New Year colouring in. Many of them had been learning about Chinese Culture, so Ruth was able to show them some unique stamps and calligraphy brushes. Currently, we are working on a fun project involving the lions and getting the kids to participate in some acting and dancing. Hoping to have something to show later in the year at our annual OSCA Camp. Keeping it Busy and Fun!