The lion dance is one of Chinas most distinctive cultural arts. Often performed by kung fu schools, it brings with it good fortune, prosperity, and longevity. The lion dance appears in western countries mainly during celebrations such as Chinese New Year, the August Moon Festival as well as other multi-cultural events. It is also often seen at the opening of new shops or where good fortune and prosperity is wished.
The Sydney Choy Lee Fut school is one of the largest and most respected schools in Australia, not only performing the most commonly seen Larm See, (Southern lion) but also the Buk See (Northern lion) as well as the powerful Chinese supernatural creatures - the Kee Lun (unicorn), and the Lung (dragon).
The lion dance promotes important skills in the Choy Lee Fut student. The cogent steps of the lion are based upon Choy Lee Futs powerful horse stances, and the lions expression and life energy a reflection of the students command of their own internal energy.
As well as physical skills the lion dance teaches fundamental Chinese cultural ideologies including Buddhism and Feng Shui, which were taught to our founder Chan Heung by his final mentor Choy Fook.
Edited by Darryl Choy