The Chinese dragon is a symbol of wisdom, power, and wealth. A dragon dance can be seen during the lunar new year festival. While we can’t fit a whole dragon in our homes, we can simulate the experience by creating and decorating a miniature dragon that even looks like it is breathing fire. Campers will be guided through this fun craft while learning about Chinese traditions to bring in the new lunar year. Come learn about the festivities and let’s celebrate together! Gung Hay Fat Choy (means Happy New Year in Cantonese)
Pair of scissors
Glue gun or white glue
1 toilet paper roll
1 piece construction paper
2 pom poms approx 1 inch
2 pom poms approx 3/8 inch
2 googly eyes
3 scraps of tissue paper
Alternatives: If you do not have pom poms or googly eyes no worries! I will show you how to make everything out of paper
Lion Dance and Chinese Dance Workshop with Sifu Wilfred Tang and Ms. Elven Koo from the Chinese Collective Arts Association
Afternoon Workshop: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
In this workshop, participants will learn traditional Chinese dance and Lion Dance with professional dancers from the Chinese Collective Arts Association! Find out the meaning behind the celebration, as we dive into the roots of Asian and Chinese culture.
Deanna Gene is a Toronto-based artist who works mainly on installations. Fostering an idea that emerges from her environment through light, sound, and mixed media is her passion. She often creates based on principle themes of culture and the human psyche. Filling up space to design a message or feeling or thought-provoking idea is her objective and an accomplishment to be shared with an open society.
Deanna has showcased her work at Assembly Hall, Colborne lodge, and participated in the Toronto Biennial of Art. Her most recent work was an online exhibit through Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). She has worked closely with a community arts organization, Lakeshore Arts, and has gained experience working in galleries, arts programming, and children’s education. She graduated from Humber College with a diploma in Visual and Digital Arts and currently is attending OCADU working on a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
THE CHINESE COLLECTIVE ARTS ASSOCIATION
The Chinese Collective Arts Association (CCAA) is a non-profitable organization established since 2009, hosting a variety of performances, workshops, and events to offer opportunities for members to be exposed to various art forms of Chinese culture. Chinese dance classes are also offered for students ages 3 to adults, for Chinese Dance, Lion Dance, Kung Fu, Wushu, Tai Chi, Beijing Dance Academy Examination Syllabus, Dance Competitions, Dance Technique, Gymnastics, and Acro.
CCAA Dancers have previously performed at the Toronto Raptors’ Halftime Show, Yee Hong Foundation’s Dragon Ball, OMNI TV’s Live CNY Specials, to name a few. They have participated in numerous invitational performances, received a 100% passing rate with Chinese Dance Syllabus Examination results, obtained High Gold, Overall, and Special Judges’ Awards at regional and national dance competitions across Ontario and in the U.S.. Members of their Youth Dance Team participated in the INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND SONGS “OHRID WAVES”, in Macedonia in 2019.
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SIFU WILFRED TANG, LION DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Passionate traditional Chinese Kung Fu martial artist with over 25 years of training under the Chung Wah Kung Fu system with Sifu Lee Chi Wai. Wilfred has been teaching traditional Kung Fu and Lion Dance to adults, teens and children since 2003. He joined Chi Ping Dance group in 2012 as the Martial Arts instructor; choreographing and participating in fight scenes for performing arts dramas and annual gala routines. Kung Fu is more than just an art, it is a lifelong journey and it is a pleasure to share this journey with everyone.
MS. ELVEN KOO, CHINESE DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Ms. Elven Koo began dancing with the Chi-Ping Dance Group at 4-years-old. She has participated in many local and international dance events in Mexico, Macau, Hong Kong. At the age of 9, she received awards in dance competitions in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. Ms. Koo has portrayed many dance characters in past drama productions such as the younger sister of Mulan, Spider Queen, and lead roles as White Snake and Zhu Yingtai. She currently teaches Chinese dance with the Chinese Collective Arts Association and has choreographed a number of dances, including award-winning pieces. Her dances have received awards for Best Choreography and Judges Choice at various regional and national competitions. She continues to perform with CCAA as a professional artist and principal dancer.