The above clip is me being the tail and Sifu Tsang (Tai Chi master) wielding the head. Once, inside the costume we perform as a team and the whole ‘animal’ should behave more like a Cat!
Chinese lion dance demands a huge amount of energy – namely, almost the entire body muscles are in a constant work out: a 5 minutes of performing feels like you had ran 5 km or more! However, it is particularly good for martial art techniques. Some of the movements relates to punching, crouching, footwork, rolling, jumping, kicking, timing, etc… In Chinese New Year, it is common to have a lion dance ritual which brings good omens and good luck to everybody and the drumming would certainly liven up the atmosphere!
On this note, I have introduced some of the lion dance movements in our monthly intensive training and hopefully, everyone would benefit from it.