HISTORY OF THE LION DANCE

STEEPED IN MYSTICISM

Did you know China never had native lions? The Chinese word for Lion "shi" (獅) is thought by historians to come from the ancient Persian word "sher" ( شیر‬‎) or Sanskrit "sinha" ('सिंह) during China's Han Dynasty over 2000 years ago. The Lion was a highly regarded and powerful symbol already by this time in ancient Persia. In ancient China, the lion became a king of beasts and a symbol of power and good fortune.

The true origins of Lion Dances and symbols are now hidden in myths. Some believe it refers to a Golden Age of the world, when the spring equinox was still in the constellation Leo (the Lion).

 

Different Lion Dances are performed in Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Tibet, Indonesia, Vietnam...

WHAT DO WE DO?

We have a very skilled and highly-trained Lion Dance team. Some of us were even selected to train professionally in Foshan, China, and have in turn passed their skills onto other disciples on our team.

We perform for many events including Chinese New Year, the Vaisakhi parade, society events, grand openings and celebrations. We have even performed for notable events like the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and for Canada's Prime Minister.

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