Lion Team

The Bendigo Chinese Association Lion Team dates back to the late 1800s in conjunction with the parading imperial dragon, ‘Loong’, and has continued to perform at such events today (Easter and Chinese New Year).

Today the team continues to perform year round for various cultural events and private functions.

 

Performance Information

Our lion team trains year round with performers of all ages. Team training for juniors is for an hour a week, with seniors putting in as much as 3-4 hours per week. During training, the members are challenged both on an individual level and as a team, undergoing rigorous physical exercises. They learn about the Lion Dance technique, martial art stances, sequences and movements, instruments as well as the history of Chinese Culture.

 

Types of Chinese Lions in use:

  • Southern Lion (Hoksan and Futsan): Most commonly performed of the two types. Cat like movements based on martial arts sequences and regarded as the ‘protector of dragons’. This lion is often accompanied by a Dai Tao Fut (Fat Headed Monk), who’s task is to play with and encourage the lion.

 

  • Northern Lion (commonly refered as ‘Peking’ lion): Originate from the cold north, being typically dog like with long fur. Their movements are more acrobatic and playful. Accompanying these lions are ‘teasers’ which guide these lions through their routine.

 

Martial Arts displays can also be part of the performances with all being accompanied by an instrumental group, which includes a drum, gongs, and cymbals.

Dragon Dance Team

The dragon dance team mimics the supposed movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating manner. The movements in a performance traditionally symbolise historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity. The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world. Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people, which are reflected in their qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both frightening and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and so eventually became an emblem to represent imperial authority. The dragon dance is performed by a skilled team whose job is to bring the motionless body to life.

The BCA Dragon Team performs with Choi Loong the newest addition to Bendigo’s dragon family. Choi Loong is androgynous, so unlike the other dragons, it can be carried by Men and Woman together. Choi Loong is also a night dragon and glows under Black Light.

 

Plum Blossom DANCE Team

The Bendigo Chinese Association, Plum Blossom dancing team, presents Chinese traditional dance throughout Victoria to celebrate Chinese culture over many events. The plum blossom flower means beauty and longevity. A woman’s strength and beauty is sometimes compared to the plum blossom. Therefore, some people would take the deeper meaning of this scroll to be: “Even when a woman is old and tough, they can still bring beauty to the world”.
The Plum Blossom group consists of 4-20 year old girls who train regularly in three different classes, Tip Toe, Junior and Senior. The dance class feature particular Chinese movements, skills and learned traditional and modern dance routines, which all combine Chinese history and culture as well as contributing their knowledge to the community.

Generic Information

To book any of  the Bendigo Chinese Associations Performing Dance teams please contact bookings on: (03) 5441 5044

 

Training Times 


Lion Team Training

  • Standard Training, Monday nights – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
  • Advanced Training, Monday nights – 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm

 

Plum Blossom Training

  • Training runs every Tuesday
  • Tip-Toe: Preschool 4-5pm
  • Junior :4-5pm
  • Semi-Senior: 5-6pm
  • Senior:5.30-6.30pm

 

How to Join

Phone: (03) 5441 5044