Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center's Lion Dance troupe at the 2013 CDBF. (Photo by Claudia Hernandez-Ponce)You've seen Lion Dances during Chinese New Year celebrations, and at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. But you haven't seen Lion Dances from so many troupes in one place before!
For the first time, the 2014 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival presents a Lion Dance Extravaganza featuring multiple local groups competing with each other to promote and educate people about the martial arts and acrobatic skills that are needed to perform Lion Dances. Lion Dancers have to challenges themselves be as realistic as possible, with lion-like movements created by the two people within the costume.
The participating teams are:
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Here's a cool video that introduces Lion Dancing:
What is Lion Dance? from Peter K Pham on Vimeo.