Lions the mane event at dance course

Clu29lion7.jpg You okay in there? . . . Tutor Lisa Hanson from the Dunedin Lion dancers group checks up on Kendal Homer (8) as she learns how to handle Leonora and move like a Chinese lion dancer in Lawrence last week. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE


Learning the moves and secret language used by Chinese lion dancers around the world was all part of the ‘‘how to become a lion dancer’’ workshop held last week in Lawrence.
Ten children from the area took part in the first of three workshop sessions conducted at the St John rooms, under the tutorage of Lisa Hanson, of the Otago Southland Chinese Association’s Dunedin lion dancers group.
Funded by the Creative Communities Scheme, the workshops will be spread out over the year to give as many children as possible the chance to discover lion dancing.
Organiser Anne Cheng said she was very happy with the young attendees, who all seemed to grasp the initial moves and steps as they learned about the history of Chinese lion dancing and how to merge it with the music to entertain crowds.
‘‘We are hoping to have Leonora, our new community purchased Chinese lion, parade with Jimmy our Chinese dragon at the upcoming lantern parade later in the year,’’ she said.

Let’s have some fun . . . Heath Little (10) (left) and Tom Ponsonby (9) have fun with large cymbals at the Chinese lion dancing training they attended in Lawrence last week. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

What noise?. . . Heath Little (10) wondered initially what noise these large cymbals make at the chinese lion dancing training he attended in Lawrence last week. He soon found out how loud they were.