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September 2013

The sun is shining and winter is almost over. Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner. The OSCA Lion Dance team has been very full on this year! We’ve done 8 performances so far this year with 3 more on the Horizon. Our Lion costumes are showing a bit of wear and tear and masking tape can only do so much – so the OSCA committee are proposing and arranging for brand new lion heads!

Our workshop in April was a huge success at the Chinese Gardens and so we have secured the gardens as our new practice site! Saturday practices have been under way, as Dunedin weather has been generously treating us with much beautiful sunshine. Guests and visitors to the gardens can now enjoy watching our practices as we rehearse our jumps and rolls out by the entrance way. During the school holidays we found we even had a cuddly Panda come join us for one of our practices.

In May the Dunedin City Council held the Heritage Dance Festival in the South Dunedin Hall. It was great to see such a variety of different dances from Salsa to Tap Dance. We enjoyed showing off our Lions and performing in such a great hall. Dunedin is so lucky to have an awesome active Dance community.

On the 9th of June, the Chinese Gardens held our ‘Lions Day Out’ event during Dragon Boat Festival. This was an interactive day for audience members to come and learn about the Lions and to have a go themselves. We had free face painting and free candy to give away, so everyone was pretty happy!

Our last major event was at the Otago Museum. On the 6th of July they held the opening day for The Shanghai Exhibition – ‘China’s Cultural Minorities:  Silk to Silver’. We opened up the Exhibition with noise and colour, then feasted on a delicious collection of ‘yum char’ goodness. We were grateful for the free food and enjoyed checking out some of the other events happening at the Museum at the time too. The Exhibition is free for a public and will be show casing till October 28th – GO CHECK IT OUT!

In the last weekend in August and beginning of September, three of our members attended the national Lion Dance workshop held in Christchurch by George Chan (our national Lion Dance master). We’ve been inspired and brought back new skills and moves that we will rock our new Lion Dance costumes!

The remainder of September will be busy with 3 performances booked in. Our first performance will be on the 13th, for a function event at the Chinese Gardens and then again on the 15th, when the Chinese Gardens will be celebrating their 5th Birthday! This event is to be as big as Chinese New Year with food stalls, music and no doubt fireworks. Our last event will be a personal one, as I have personally booked the Lion Dancers to perform for my own wedding at the end of the September. I couldn’t think of a better way to end such a busy program for our Lion dance team this year. It will be such an honour to have them celebrate with me.

Thanks Guys!!