Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Northern Lion Dance. 北狮

Since lion dance is a culture of Chinese and developed since from ancient China, it can be divided in northern type (北狮) and southern type (南狮).
Not like Southern Lion Dance, the performers of the Northern Lion Dance usually need 3 persons besides the percussion team to play for the background ‘music’, which 2 person doing the lion dance and one person play the role as a warrior.
The rhythm of the drum beat for Northern Lion Dance was slower than Southern Lion Dance, and some of the music instruments were smaller as well.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lion Dance and Mei Hua Zhuang (梅花桩)

To do the lion dance, you definite need to went through the basic foot job steps of Kung Fu training, usually is the ‘ma bu’ (马步), because this is the most important basic requirement in doing lion dance yet follow by how good you coordinate with your partner. In advance Kung Fu foot job steps training, we need to do our basic step posing on top of the wooden poles (木桩)with about the palm size thickness which start from the height about 1 foot height, and these poles were called Mei Hua Zhuang (梅花桩).
In higher level, these Mei Hua Zhuang (梅花桩) poles could be in about 5 foots to about 12 foots!

Since lion dance is Chinese martial art with performance criteria, doing lion dance on the wooden poles (nowadays all of us was using metal based poles) is a very interesting art.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Lion Dance and Huang Fei Hong Films

Talking about ‘Wong Fei Hong’ (黄飞鸿) film (or Huang Fei Hong), other than ‘Wong Fei Hong’ film was act by Jet Li (李连杰), for those who near my age or elder people, they sure know ‘Kuan Tak-Hing’ (关德兴) who acted as Wong Fei Hong’ (黄飞鸿) in the films from 50s to 70s or 80s.
If you known this, I bet you sure know the best ‘Bad Guy’ in the films, which is Sek Kin (石坚).

In my memory, almost all ‘Wong Fei Hong’ films, you sure see lion dances; I think the popularity of these films also made lion dances became well known Chinese cultural items around the world, hence whether it acted by Kuan Tak-Hing (关德兴) or Jet Li (李连杰), most of us sure think about ‘Wong Fei Hong’ while doing lion dance, or either think about ‘Wong Fei Hong’ while seeing lion dance performance, it just my personal feeling for today.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Lion Dance . 醒狮表演

Lion Dance is traditional Chinese Cultural. It was commonly seen in Chinese New Years and various opening ceremony, the welcoming ceremony of important VIP in the events and more.Due the Kung Fu movie had been became popular in the world, everyone know what is lion dance and especially Chinese sure commonly seen it a lot in ‘Wong Fei Hong’(黄飞鸿) film.

I think the more impressive version for the younger generation, should be the ‘Wong Fei Hong’ film which act by Jet Li (李连杰) and the film named “Once Upon China”, which this film in Chinese named “黄飞鸿”, using the name of one of famous Chinese Kung Fu Master directly.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Luminous Dragon Dance . 夜光龙表演

Luminous Dragon Dance is a unique dance performance which is the dragon body having bright luminous effect during night time dark performance. Whether it is small size or big event, is a great night events for all type of audiences.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Acrobatics is one of the popular item in many events like dinner and dance, family days, private functions like birthday parties, and especially in Chinese theme events like Chinese New Year, ‘Shanghai Theme’ event, Cultural theme events.Talking about acrobatics, the acrobatic performer must have the Chinese Kung Fu training background like the legs split, backward stands, upside down by using hand stands and etc…Why people like to see acrobatics performance? Because most people like to watch how the performer does the dangerous or stunning actions without and hurts; the effect could be same as watching magician doing some dangerous magic.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Triple Stick linked with Metal Chain

I you had seen Bruce Lee's movie, you definitely seen his trademarked stunning chained stick weapon. This triple sticks chained with metals, which is called "三节棍"。In Japanese martial art also having such weapon as well and it usually in double sticks and named "Nunchaku".
Double chained stick "双节棍" or "两节棍"(or triple chained stick, "三节棍") in traditional Chinese martial usually was much longer at what you seen in Bruce Lee movie.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Drum Performance. 击鼓表演

Drum or percussion are one of the common items hired by event organisers. Chinese drum is one if the common hired for production launching, opening ceremony other than lion dancing. The drums we use were same as what we use for Chinese lion dance. Usually the performer for such event will be 5 drummers to 7 drummers or more, it depends how big of the event.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Stilt Walker

Stilt Walker is someone who uses a special made wooden stick tight on his / her foot and then walks on the crowd to increase the event’s entertaining value and atmosphere.We had commonly see stilt walker worn some theme related costume and walk in the related area to woo the crowd, I guess we may not know what a professional stilt walker can do other than just doing their ‘cat walk’ in the crowd.

Look! They can do something different!And more!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Our Students

Due to the popularity of Chinese Gong Fu movie, lots people were interested in Chinese Gong Fu.You definitely know Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Donnie Yen and related Chinese Gong Fu super stars, and we definitely not forgot the great hero that promote and introduce Chinese Gong Fu to the world --- Bruce Lee.

I felt great that our lion dance and wushu school (chinsee martial art) also having some students from many countries.

Lion Dance

Lion Dance definitely is an art that involve physical stamina, the coordination skill with your partner in the lion dance movement, the choreography design of the lion dance and etc.

Lion Dance

Lion Dance is one of traditional Chinese custom that commonly use during Chinese New Yearin China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

Other than Chinese New Year event, you can see Lion Dance performance during product launching and various events in Asia country.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting our blog!
Let me introduce myself, I am Edwin Tan, who is Adviser , Choreographer and Chief Instructor of Pho Leng Lion Dance Instruction Centre.