The Lakeland Polk Museum of Art held a free annual open house that was great fun for all ages! The first 750 school-age children received a free goodie bag of art supplies! More than that, however, they got to see the Lakeland Chinese Lion Dance Team in action at the Polk Museum of Art.
People stood at the front of the Lakeland, Florida Polk Museum of Art. They heard there would be a Chinese Lion Dance performance here in Lakeland, Fl and the Museum was having a Family Day, so they couldn’t resist. They waited and watched, looking for some clue of the Lakeland Chinese Lion Dance Team.
In the distance a drummer approached and laid down a large Chinese Lion Dance drum in front of the crowd outside the Polk Museum of Art. Everyone was waiting to see what was about to happen as they lined up around the corner to get in to this once a year event. The Drummer lifted two large sticks into the air and broke the silence with an authoritative beat! The crowd looked and peered around the corner, something large and red was in the distance. The Chinese Lion Dance had begun!!! The bright red lion danced among the crowd, jumping, dancing, prancing and cuddling up to each participant waiting for the doors to be opened so they could get the full performance!
The children played with and teased the lion, laughing and loving every moment of the performance. Parents with huge smiles looked down at their children with the same wonder and amazement. The Chinese Lion Dance drums thundered away with the height of the excitement!
The Chinese Lion Dance continued as the Chinese lion performers scratched at the door of the Polk Museum of Art, the performers sympathizing with the line of parents and kids waiting for the Family Day event to start!
Chinese and Asian traditions have an ancient culture with live Chinese Lion Dance performances that chase away bad luck, evil intent and instead bring good luck, prosperity and fortune for the coming years. No matter how many times you have seen the Chinese Lion Dance as performed by Sifu Och’s Wing Chun Kung Fu – Lakeland Lion Dance Performance Team it is always a memorable and exciting experience to say the least!
Customized Chinese Lion Dance Team Event
The Lion Dance for Sifu Och’s Wing Chun Lakeland Lion Dance team does not perform traditional rituals and prayers. Instead each performance is customized to the size and requests of the Bride and Groom, Business owner or purveyor of the event.
Red envelopes filled with paper money are fed to the Chinese Lion during the performance bringing back luck and good fortune to all. Bok Choi is a leaf lettuce that can also be fed to the Chinese lion during the performance to add another wonderfully fun traditional feature.
Wing Chun Kung Fu is a Southern Kung Fu style and is taught by Sifu Och in Downtown Lakeland Florida. Sifu Och teaches the Southern Lion Dance and performance which is characterized strong based stances, fast sharp movements and fun playful crowd pleasing antics.
The practice of Kung Fu requires strong training, dedication and an ability to know distance, and structure. With the prowess and experience to test the limits of endurance and demonstrate a wonderful live performance using this rare Asian tradition.
The Lion Dance is extremely taxing on the performers and thus the practitioners are professionals with high trained endurance while developing and maintaining intense concentration.
Wedding, Special Event, or Birthday Party?
If you are interested in scheduling our Chinese lion dance at your Asian themed Wedding, special event, birthday party, restaurant, or Chinese New Year celebration. Please click on the following link and complete the form and then text us at 863.800.0171. Sifu Och will be in touch with you shortly to go over all the details and pricing information. We travel and have done HUGE events to small private parties, so do not be afraid to ask!
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