The Dragon dance  is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. Like the lion dance, it is most often seen in festive celebrations. The dance is performed by a team of experienced dancers who manipulate a long flexible figure of a dragon using poles positioned at regular intervals along the length of the dragon. The dance team simulates the imagined movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating manner.
The dragon dance is often performed during Chinese New Year. Chinese dragons are a symbol of China’s culture, and they are believed to bring good luck to people, therefore the longer the dragon in the dance, the more luck it will bring to the community. The dragons are believed to possess qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness.
Today, some of our Y6 pupils performed the Dragon Dance very well with limited tuition. They performed to Y3 who had been taught a Chinese song by our visiting Chinese pupils. It was wonderful to see Gomer pupils and our Chinese pupils performing together. A wonderful cultural opportunity to perform a traditional dance and sing in Mandarin. The audience were then treated to a traditional fan dance performance by one if the visiting traditional dancers. All of Y3 also participated in some Chinese painting and kung fu. Another busy day at Gomer.


 

23rd January 2019
Category: Whole School