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Lion dance

Lion dance

A traditional lion dance, symbolising the bringing of good fortune, is performed at the start of Chinese New Year festivities at Sky City in Auckland in January 2012. Usually two people wear the elaborate costume and perform a carefully choreographed dance, including skilful martial-arts-inspired moves, that reflects the characteristics of a lion. There is a lively instrumental accompaniment. Various forms of lion dance are also found in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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Megan Cook, 'Cultural dance - Asian and other cultural dance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 22 Oct 2014