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Vietnamese Lion Dance
Transcript of Vietnamese Lion Dance
The lion dance is performed primarily at traditional festivals:
The Beginning of Lion Dancing
According to ancient Vietnamese history, the first appearance of the lion was about 600 AD.
There are different variations of the lion dance in other Asian cultures including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and so on, each having their own styles.
.The clothing used in this dance is the pants which matches the lion and the lion costume itself.
Ong Dia “uncle”. He is like a clown, and makes people laugh by his gestures. They wear colorful outfits that stuff their belly and a mask with a fan.
Tet (Lunar New Year)
Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival)
The lion dance is often mistaken to the dragon dance. One easy way to tell the difference between the two is that the lion dance only needs two people, while a dragon dance needs many.
The musical accompaniment for the dance includes a drum, cymbals, and a gong.
The music follows the moves of the lion, the drum follows the lion, the cymbals and the gong follow the drum player
The lion’s every movement has a specific rhythm
Boys between the ages of 10-21 would perform the dance.