Day One of Lunar New Year is on Saturday 10th February 2024! To welcome in the Year of the Wood Dragon we will perform across Canberra and bless everyone who comes to see us. Following is a list of public performances which are free for the public. This list is being updated regularly so please check the facebook page www.facebook/canberradragondance for updates.
A week ago we had an early Christmas Party and annual awards presentation.
The award recipients were;
Rookie of the Year - Hayley van Loenhout
Proficiency Dragon -Nicholas Morphett
Proficiency Lion - Jesse Lo
Wolf Pack - Jishen Li
Most Improved - Zoe Saarinen
Student of the Year - Prajiet Eswaran
Three Virtues - Harriet Bell
Congratulations to all of our award recipients!!
Congratulations to our following students on their term 3 grading results:
Harriet Bell - junior green sash lion
Xander Sullivan - junior yellow sash dragon
Congratulations to our Green Sash Dragon student Harriet Bell! She has achieved a silver medal in the NAS ACT Round One 2023 for 13 yo 5th Kyu to Black Belt forms.
We ran a really tough grading on 8th May 2023 and the results so far as as follows:
Senior White Sash Dragon - Connall Ashcroft
Junior Yellow Sash Dragon - Zoe Saarinen
Senior Yellow Sash Dragon - Sam Harvey
Senior Yellow Sash Lion - Andy Lo, Taha Abbasi
Junior Green Sash Dragon - Harriet Bell
Junior Green Sash Lion - Prajiet Eswaran
Congratulations on everyone who put in a lot of hard work to participate!
We celebrated the end of another eventful year with our annual Christmas party at our Sifu's farm and the awards presentation. The awards presented were:
Rookie of the Year - Zoe Saarinen
Most Improved - Nicholas Morphett
Proficiency Dragon - Harriet Bell
Proficiency Lion - Zachary Harvey
Wolf Pack Award - Jishen Li
Student of the Year - Zoe Saarinen
Three Virtues - Nicholas Morphett
Congratulations to all our award winners!
We now have a well earned break with our classes at Radford recommencing on Friday 3rd February 2023 and our classes at UC concentrating on performance recommencing on Wednesday 4th January 2023. Our regular martial arts classes at UC will resume on Sunday 26th February 2023.
Our Canberra Dragon Dance performance schedule for Lunar New Year 2023 to welcome in the Year of the Rabbit will be published soon! It is jammed pack and full of surprises! Thanks to some guest instructors for our club we will change the way Lunar New Year is celebrated in Canberra with some amazing interactive free shows across the whole of Canberra suitable for the whole family!
This year we held our term 4 gradings early since term 3 was so busy with 8 performances in lion and dragon dance for Floriade and Floriade Nightfest.
Congratulations to the following students on their results!
Senior White Sash Dragon - Xander Sullivan
Senior White Sash Dragon with Honours - Zoe Sullivan
Junior Yellow Sash Lion with Honours - Max Ai
Senior Yellow Sash Dragon - Nicky Morphett
Senior Yellow Sash Lion with Honours - Zachary Harvey
We've really celebrated the continuation of face to face training this year with some disruptions with students isolating due to covid (not contracted from our lessons might I add!) After a busy performance schedule for Lunar New Year, Canberra Day and Australia Day in January and February our students have concentrated on martial arts and practical self defence. We've also held lion dance workshops for John Paul College II and Ausdance ACT for Dance Week and performed at half time at a basketball match for the Canberra Gunners! We were honoured to also perform in the forecourt of GIO Stadium as part of the NRL Multicultural Round for the Canberra Raiders.
Notable mention has been Harriet Bell who competed in her first tournament by entering forms in the first round of the National All Styles Tournament in Canberra and achieved a silver medal!
We've also held 2 gradings and a supplementary and the results were as follows:
Zoe Saarinen - Senior White Sash Dragon with Honours
Nicky Morphett - Junior Yellow Sash Dragon
Andy Lo - Junior Yellow Sash Lion
Taha Abbasi - Junior Yellow Sash Lion
Harriet Bell - Senior Yellow Sash Dragon with Honours
Prajiet Eswaran - Senior Yellow Sash Lion with Honours
Jesse Lo - Senior Blue Sash Lion with Honours
Max Ai - Senior White Sash Lion with Honours
Zach Harvey - Senior Yellow Sash Dragon with Honours
Yulyana - Level 2 Black Sash
After a very busy Lunar New Year performance schedule our classes for 2022 are in full swing with kids/teen classes at Radford College and adult/teen classes at the University of Canberra. We follow the Covid Safe Protocols of the MAIA with lots of hand sanitiser, alcohol wipes, anyone with symptoms staying at home, minimal sharing of equipment and training outside whenever possible.
it's not too late to join so don't hesitate - just follow your dreams! Come and meet a friendly group of positive active people and learn a new skill. First lesson is free and we are one of the most affordable martial arts schools in Canberra.
It doesn't matter if you are not physically gifted - we will help you no matter how long it takes. If you have a background in music, dance or gymnastics you will love what we do and we will use your talents no question about that!