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.


Lion Team Training Times

  • Standard Training, Monday nights – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
  • Advanced Training, Monday nights – 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

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 are 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 members of all ages 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 contribute their knowledge to the community.

Plum Blossom Training Times TBA


To book any of the Bendigo Chinese Associations Performing teams please contact: