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2008 Lion Dance

By Henry Kuo

The OSCA Lion Dance Team had a wonderful and productive year. The Team practiced regularly all year round and was involved in various performances.
Recent performances include the Dunedin Chinese Garden Official Opening on the 16th of September, where the Team had the opportunity to perform for the Prime Minister Helen Clark, the Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress Mr. Liu and the Chinese Ambassador. The Lion Dance Team also held a “Lion Dance demonstration” in the Atrium of the Otago Museum on the 20th of September. Lisa gave a talk about the history of Lion Dancing to an audience of all age groups before the performance, followed by a demonstration where volunteers from the audience had the chance to have hands-on experience with the lions and instruments.
OSCA has just purchased five brand new lions in a variety of colours and sizes, along with new drums and cymbals, ready for 2009. The OSCA Lion Dance Team is looking for new members to work with this wonderful new gear. For anyone who is enthusiastic and interested in learning the art of Lion Dancing, now is the time to join. We welcome people of all age groups. Previous experience not required. If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, don’t hesitate to contact us. We won’t bite!

Stafford Street, Dunedin
Saturday 31st May 2008

By Nigel Sew Hoy with additional text by Gordon Wong

The OSCA Lion Dance Team has continued to practice regularly. As well as putting into practice all the knowledge that we gained from the Lion Dance workshop that Mike and I attended in Christchurch in October 2007, we have also been learning new routines from VCD/DVDs and YouTube videos. We have been experimenting with different head, tail and instrument combinations in an attempt to involve the whole group in each respective role.

On Saturday 31st May we performed at the Sew Hoys Oriental Foods’ shop in Stafford Street to mark a new beginning for the business under the management of Chris Whalley and JingJing Wu. Three lions, two drums, two cymbals, a gong and a masked Chinese character performed in unison and we achieved the performance we had all been working so hard towards.

Preceding the lion dance performance at Sew Hoys, Peter Sew Hoy shared memories of growing up in the Sew Hoy shop in the 1960's and '70s. He fondly remembered the happy times he shared with his siblings and cousins.

We also have some exciting news for our lion dance team: - with the help of George Chan from the Christchurch Lion Dance team we have been able to place an order for new lion heads, drums, cymbals, a gong and other performance equipment. Some of the current lion dance gear that we practice with is over 30 years old and all of the lions have to be mended and strengthened before each performance.

We always welcome new recruits to join our enthusiastic team. We have ordered various sizes of lion heads to accommodate performers of any age. We offer them individual tuition at each of our practices.

Lion dance team with owners of Sew Hoys Oriental Foods (Chris Whalley, Jing Jing Wu) – 31st May 2008