The Chinese Lion Dance
The Lion dance is an important part of traditional Chinese culture. It is an aspect of kung fu that is said to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck through an expression of chi gung (internal energy) techniques and martial skill, which have been developed and passed on over many centuries. To properly perform the authentic Chinese Lion dance, members of a lion team train in the art of kung fu for many years in order to accurately perform the movements, as well as to understand the cultural significance and purpose of the movements within the ritual.
The Wong People Lion Team was formed nearly 25 years ago and perform regularly at many sorts of events, including traditional Chinese weddings, Asian cultural festivals, celebrations of new business ventures, private parties, parades, and fundraisers. We are one of the most sought-after traditional lion groups in the country, and recently performed for President Barack Obama during the Presidential Inaugural Parade. Each year, we demonstrate lion dance at a number of government agencies during Asian Heritage month and perform during Chinese New Year in the DC Chinatown parade and at many events during the New Year season. We have engagements year around for the Asian community, many of which have a serious religious or cultural intent that require the focus and understanding of tradition that only an experienced group can provide. We regularly perform at temples or at homes and businesses to scare away evil spirits before the New Year or during times of crisis. At other times, we perform for groups simply looking for an Asian theme to their events, at schools, or for those who truly want to give their guests an energetic and colorful spectacle to remember. The lion is always a hit with children and adults alike.