Updated on July 18, 2022

What is Lion Dance


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Lion dancing is a form of Chinese performance art. Lion dancing is an energetic traditional Chinese live performance perfect for entertaining a crowds, parties, various public events. It has been a long-standing tradition in Chinese culture. The lion symbolizes strength, courage and wisdom. Lion dancing is believed to bring good fortune, prosperity and happiness.

The routine is normally done by a small group of artist who are usually Chinese martial arts practitioners. Usually, two of the group members will be operating the lion head, as the other three will be playing Chinese traditional instruments.

Together with the music they play live, the lion dances along with the beat, creating a spectacular show!

Lion Dance Toronto team consists of:

  • One person who wears the lion mask or the lion head over him/her and manipulates the mask to bring the mask to life.
  • Another person crouches under an embroidered long costume. The long costume represents the body and tail of the lion. The lion dance tail operator then moves the lion body/tail.
  • A 3 piece percussion band, will be playing Chinese traditional instruments in which the drum is the lead instrument and accompanied by the gong and cymbals.