Every year, The Philadelphia Suns celebrate Lunar New Year with our Midnight Eve and Lunar New Year Day parades. The parades consist of lion dancing, drumming, music, and firecrackers, all part of our cultural celebration. We parade throughout Chinatown, performing our traditional Lion Dance and lighting firecrackers, to bring good fortune and good luck to the local businesses in the community. In addition to the parades, we also share our tradition by performing at various locations throughout the Philadelphia area such as shopping plazas, public parks, malls, and local schools during the month of February as part of the Lunar New Year celebration.
Practice for Lion Dance begins the weekend after Labor day and runs until Lunar New Year. It is open to anyone that wishes to learn. All ages and skill levels are welcomed to join. We meet as a group to go over drumming, instruments, and lion dance basics. Kung Fu Master Peter Louie and Harry Leong teach us the basics of drumming and the drum beats of the dance. We also cover the movements of the lion, such as stalking, walking, as well as performance routines.
Sundays 1:00pm to 2:30pm at 227 N 10th St.
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LION DANCE ROUTINES
Lion Dance is also performed as a celebration for special occasions such as weddings, banquets, grand openings, and cultural shows. The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance troupe performs private and public events throughout the year at various venues. We use these opportunities to practice the skills we learn and spend time to bond as a team.
Lion dancing is a cultural activity that all members participate in. In addition to keeping Philadelphia’s Asian American community close to their roots, it is also our major fundraiser for our traveling sports teams (equipment, supplies, transportation, court fees, etc). All funds go directly to team needs and all members practice & perform this important tradition to preserve the cultural importance & tradition of the lion dance.
The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance troupe is available for performance year-round for all occasions (weddings, banquets, grand openings, cultural shows, and other events). For more information on booking a performance, click on the link below.
LION DANCE LEADERS
Kar Wai Tsang