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Dragon Dance by Nuradiin Dragic AND VAIKUNTH wade
Transcript of Dragon Dance by Nuradiin Dragic AND VAIKUNTH wade
The dance is accompanied traditionally by musicians with cymbals, drums and gongs.
There is not a specific clothing to wear when performing the dragon dance as the dragon's look are what matters but you need a costume of a dragon. Odd numbers of the dragon’s joints are regarded as auspicious, so people often make a 9-jointed dragon, an 11-jointed dragon, a 13-jointed dragon, or even a 29-jointed dragon. Dragons made of more than 15 joints are too heavy to dance, and are mainly used for display, so this kind of dragon puts more weight on decoration and boasts a high degree of both craft and technology.
Dragon Dance Movements
The dragon moves in a wave-like pattern achieved by the co-ordinated swinging of each section in succession. While this swinging constitutes the basic movement of the dragon, executing more complex formations is only limited by a team’s creativity. The patterns and tricks that are performed generally involve running into spiraled formations to make the dragon body turn and twist on itself. This causes performers to jump over or through the dragon’s body sections, adding to the visual display. Other advanced moves include various corkscrew-like rotating tricks and more acrobatic moves where the performers stand on each other's legs and shoulders to increase the height of the dragon’s movements.
Dragon Dance by Nuradiin and Vaikunth
The Dragon Dance, which originated from 202 BC to 220 AD in China, it is often done for festive celebrations like Chinese New Year. Becuse of the belief and respect the Chinese had in dragons, they made a dance to honor them. The dragon is a very important part of the chinese culture. The dragon symbolizes imperial authority and that was why the emperors were nicknamed dragons. They also symbolize supernatural power, goodness, fertility, vigilance, and dignity. Even the colors on the dragon mean something in this dance; yellow symbolizes the solemn empire, gold or silver symbolizes prosperity, etc. It is common to see a dragon dance at Chinese New Year celebrations because the Chinese believe it brings good luck and prosperity for the rest of the year . Over 700 different versions have been created in different regions of China like one from Zhanjiang, Guangdong where the dragon is made of a human chain of dozen to hundreds of performers. In the time of the Han dynasty the dragon dance was done as a ritual for rain in droughts. A popular form of entertainment during the Han Dynasty was watching dragon dances performed by troupes of traveling performers . When a dragon dance was being done it was a joyous time for everyone which helped a lot with sel-esteem during hard times for the Chinese people. Today, the dragon dance can be seen all over the world and is a prominent piece of chinese culture. The dragon is made of different materials too now. The dragon used to be made up of wood and heavy fabric but now it is made up aluminum and plastic. The Dragon Dance is a long-standing wonder that is enjoyed all over the world.