ART OF THE LION DANCE
Dancing is an art. In order to excel in it, one must have a firm
foundation in Kung Fu. This includes strong legs and stances,
lot of upper body strength, flexibility, coordination, balance
and stamina. But this is only the beginning. A good lion dancer
must research, interpret, imitate and understand the nature of
an animal. Without this feeling, the lion dancer would be like
any ordinary person swinging a paper-mache object to and fro.
performing a Lion Dance, the following must be considered. Lions
are full of curiosity but easily startled. Upon confronting anything
strange, the lion is cautious, wondering and shows skepticism.
The dancers must also be able to make the lion appear happy, angry,
sad and overjoyed.
from these emotions, animal behavior must also be incorporated
into the lion dance. This includes the animal grooming itself,
its fur, scratching, eating, rolling over, sprawling when tired,
falling asleep, and waking up. A lion dancer who can masterfully
imitate these actions can make the Chinese Lion behave like
a real animal.