Recap: An afternoon lion dancing with Cultural Keys and Talent Beyond Borders!

To celebrate Spring Festival 2023, Cultural Keys was invited to hold a lion dancing workshop and performances for a group of participants from six different countries and several regions of China, all of whom did a fantastic job preparing a short performance for the public in under 2 hours! The event was organised by Talent Beyond Borders, an organisation that connects expats to experiences and opportunities in Beijing.

Read on for more details and photos from this wonderful event!

Organised by Talent Beyond Borders, an organisation that provides legal services to expats and connects them to experiences and opportunities in Beijing, the event began with a short presentation to learn about the history of lion dancing, to help participants get an idea of the history and culture behind the beautiful performance art they were about to learn!

After the presentation, the excited and intrigued participants headed into the hall (kindly sponsored by the Sanlitun local government) to enjoy a demonstration of the lion dance that they themselves would be learning how to perform! 

Following a quick warm up, the participants enthusiastically dived into the learning the routine, starting with basic steps and poses before learning more advanced choreography!

After studying for less than two hours, during which time everyone put in so much effort and learnt incredibly fast, the intrepid students carried themselves and their costumes to Sanlitun’s Taikoo Li, finishing the afternoon with an amazing public display that garnered quite the crowd of onlookers! 

Participants, both local Chinese and expats alike, expressed their gratefulness and joy at having been able to take part. Speaking to the media after the event, one attendee from Hong Kong said “Lion dancing is an important part of south China culture. As a Hongkonger working in Beijing, this event really helped me feel at home in Beijing!”

Thank you so much to everyone who attended this workshop, and helped make it such a fantastic afternoon for everyone involved! If you’d like to learn more about Talent Beyond Borders and their services follow their Official WeChat Account at Talent Beyond Borders. 

If you are interested in holding a lion dancing workshop or team building event for your group, school, embassy or organization, see our contact details below! We’d love to introduce you and your group to this beautiful Chinese performance art!

Have you ever tried lion dancing? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear your thoughts and insights on traditional Chinese culture! 

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