As we welcome in the western New Year (based on the sun) for 2017 we are also awaiting the start of the Chinese or Lunar New Year (based on the moon). Chinese New Year's Day is 28th January 2017. Each year is dedicated to one of the 12 animals (slightly different to the 12 animals in our style) and one of the 5 elements (same as our style). The upcoming New Year will be the Year of the Fire Rooster (technically red rooster!!)
The celebrations around this time lasts for 2 weeks and are known as the Spring Festival. The highlight will be the multiple performances and blessings by our good friends, Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance Troupe and you will see their lions around Canberra at various restaurants and clubs. The details are on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/canberraliondance/
Our academy will have a stall at the National Multicultural Festival at Petrie Plaza (The Chinese Quarter) on Sunday 19th February and will perform a demonstration then. We will also have a small demonstration at Westfield Belconnen on Saturday 4th February - the times for both of these will be announced soon. During the stall we will be displaying our new Dragon Head and later this year our academy will also form Canberra's first Dragon Dance team, thanks to the tuition by Ares Nie.
Our regular lessons start on Monday 30th January with some slight changes - our lessons now start at 1630 and will last for an hour and we are now located at the Combat Centre at the AIS (same building as last time but different room).
New students are welcome to trial a free class!!