* We are pleased to announce that the United East Athletics Association will be performing a lion dance at the festival. The group is a regular performer in New York City Chinatown and the tristate area.
The Lion dance is an important tradition in the Chinese Culture. Usually the dance is part of festivities like Chinese New Year, the openings of restaurants and weddings. The Lion and musicians chase away evil spirits and bring good luck, long life, and prosperity to all present! The Lion is the emblem of valor, courage, energy and wisdom.
The lion dance combines art, history and kung fu moves. Normally the performers are kung fu practitioners. Every kind of move has a specific musical rhythm. The music follows the moves of the lion: the drum follows the lion, the cymbals and the gong follow the drum player.