Every year the lion dance troupe faces new challenges with the arrival of new students, summer rust build up, departure of veteran senior students and new complex routines. The lion dancers have their work cut out for them, but with intense practices, extreme focus and raw routines, the students overcome these challenges resulting in stunning performances that electrifies the audiences everywhere they go.
In the beginner class, the students are put through warm ups to set them in a proper mindset. Next, a disciplined set of form exercises with drills to set their foundation. The final portion of the one hour practice is practical use of the skills they have developed. The advanced class are on Saturdays (2:30 to 3:30) and the beginner class on Sundays (3:30 to 4:30). They concentrate on endurance and strength testing routines. It contains long routines with lot of elements where the lion head is hoisted above the head and simulates a mighty proud lion. In a few short months, the new and experienced students are ready as a team to do their outstanding performances.
The troupe participates in many venues between schools, restaurants, art centers, museums and community centers dedicating their time to be ambassadors of the Chinese Center. At such young age, they wow the audience with exemplary performance professionalism. Of course all of this is made possible with dedicated parents who help with transportation and organization to quell the chaos behind the scenes.
Year after year, with hard work and dedication of the Center's students, parents, Lion Troupe Instructor Christopher Bartoldus, Coordinator Stephanie Bartoldus, the Chinese tradition will be promoted through exciting performances. These young kids proudly represent the Center by putting on their best shows and uphold the troupe's prestige.
In the past, our CCLI Lion Troupe has performed at numerous venues both in the community and in professional settings. Some of these venues include:
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES INSTITUTE
CARDOZO LAW SCHOOL
CHINESE-AMERICAN NIGHT, EISENHOWER PARK
TOWN OF N. HEMPSTEAD ASIAN FESTIVAL, BAR BEACH
NASSAU COUNTY ASIAN FESTIVAL, MINEOLA LEGISLATIVE BUILDING
PIX 11 NEWS STUDIO, LIVE BROADCAST
GIRL AND BOY SCOUT EVENTS
MERRICK AMERICAN LEGION POST 1282
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