Dragon Dance is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. Like the lion dance, it is most often seen in festive celebrations. The dance is performed by a team of dancers who manipulate a long flexible figure of a dragon using poles positioned at regular intervals along the length of the dragon. The dance team simulates the imagined movements in a sinuous, undulating manner. Very sensual.
The dragon dance is often performed during Chinese New Year. Chinese dragons are a symbol of China, and they are believed to bring good luck to people. Therefore, the longer the dragon in the dance, the more luck it will bring to the community. The dragons are believed to possess qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both fearsome and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and it was an emblem to represent imperial authority. The movements in a performance traditionally symbolize historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity.
Given that I am posting this right before the new year (i.e. 2017), it's clear that I will be doing a Dragon Dance as soon as the clock strikes midnight to bring the Drankgon luck in the new year. I have to admit that I am jealous of the Chinese culture that this is a normal thing for them. What the hell, America? Let's get it together and make this part of our annual traditions! Just check out how much fun these people are having:
So. Freaking. Jealous!