Dragon and lion dancing are two of the most vibrant dances performed in Australia. They emerged more than 1,400 years ago in the Tang Dynasty (said to be the greatest imperial dynasty in ancient Chinese history) and are performed at royal wedding to bless the health and wealth of the king and his court.
The dance has changed over time, but its intent remains – to drive away evil spirits and bring luck to the audience. Most often seen in Asian cultures during traditional Chinese festivals, dancers wield a wooden rod in each hand to control the movement of the lion’s head and body.
This is followed by the sound of drums, cymbals and gongs that are synchronised to the lion or dragon’s dance and rhythm movements.