History

There's far too much to say here, but if you're really interested you can click here: http://www.liondanceuk.com/history for more information on our Lion Dance website.
Also, see this page for a quick visual guide

Our Lion Dance Class

Lion dance is an essential part of any traditional Chinese Kung Fu school, and was used to help demonstrate the skill of the students and style.

Our class is held every Monday at Frimley Community Centre from 6:30pm until 7:30pm. (except bank holidays) - see the 'Adults' page.

Training is open to all school members and is highly encouraged, as it compliments the kung fu training and helps with improving confidence outside of classes.
  • Why do Lion Dance now though? 
    • There are many reasons, the biggest being that it is additional training for footwork, breathing, stamina and intent behind your movements.
    • Being part of the team and performing in public will help improve general confidence, and help with nerves when it comes to kung fu gradings.
    • It will improve your cultural diversity even more, and is a fantastic way to learn first hand some of the more interesting Chinese traditions.
  • If I come to classes do I have to perform in public?
    • There is a difference between coming to the Lion Dance classes for training, and being on the Lion Dance Team for the performances.
    • There is no requirement to be a part of the Lion Dance Team and perform in public, however once you are confident enough it is highly recommended to do so.
    • If/When you decide to join the Lion Dance Team you will only be asked to do roles that you are comfortable with.
    • Roles, performances and dates are not forced on anyone (Except for SiFu).
    • For students, being part of the team is meant to be fun and enjoyable, not an obligation to be held over you ad eternum.
  • How do you start, and what do you learn?
    • Talk to SiFu and turn up on Mondays.
    • Overall you will learn every role in the Lion Dance - the various musical instruments, the Buddha/Jester character and the Lion head & tail.
    • We know that students will have strengths and weaknesses in the roles, so on top of improving your kung fu our goal during the classes is to improve on the weaknesses and make your strengths fantastic.

The roles:

 Lion Head
  • Operate the mouth, eyes and ears
  • Use combinations of the above, along with sharp movements of the Lion head to give the Lion 'life like' characteristics
  • 'Lead' the performance, following cues to BHB where required
  • Normally lighter and faster students
 Drummer
  • The 'heartbeat' of the lion.
  • The musical lead, helping convey the Lion's emotion
  • Matching the particular rhythm to the Lion's actions
 Lion Tail
  • Follow the footwork of the Lion head
  • Work on any important items handed back from the Lion head
  • Stack the Lion head (half stack, shoulder stack)
  • Wag the tail
  • Strong and steady, to back up the Lion head (still matching their footwork)
 Cymbals
  • Typically two pairs of cymbals
  • Providing accompanying higher pitch to the drum
  • Matching changes in volume and rhythm with the drum
 Big Headed Buddha
  • Leads the Lion around the guests and important items
  • Keeps an eye on the environment and crowds
  • 'Court Jester' character, playing up to the guests, showing off with kicks, splits or dramatic mock-imitation
  • Spotter for the Lion during tricky or complicated stunts

 Gong
  • Act as a metronome, keeping the other instruments in time.

Our Team

We practice every week throughout the year to ensure we can provide an excellent performance for our customers.

The World Eagle Claw Association's Kung Fu & Lion Dance Demonstration team can be seen performing at many different types of events; from weddings, Chinese New Year celebrations, business openings, private parties, corporate events, etc., in fact many of our clients book us year on year.

You can be assured of a bright, colourful and exciting performance by our very dedicated demonstration team. We are happy to accommodate any special requests.

Please contact us to discuss your booking: 07880 721 765, sifuwilliams@learnkungfu.org or the Lion Dance inquiries form

A standard Lion Dance performance consists of the following roles: Drummer, Gong player, cymbal players, Lion (two people) and Dai Tou Fut (Happy Buddha)
You can also book more than one Lion for your event (subject to availability).

Please see our Lion Dance Galleries for photographs and youtube videos of our previous performances.

Our Lions

Popular with Chinese Restaurants are our Red and Gold Lions, especially at Chinese New Year; to bring wealth and prosperity for the coming year.

Customers

Some of our previous booking include:

We have also performed at various public events including Yateley May Fayre, Safer Rushmoor Action Day Farnborough, Princes Mead Shopping Centre Farnborough, Old Dean Community Day Camberley, North Camp Fayre, ‘Moor Fun Fest’ Farnborough, Hart Shopping Centre Fleet, Wellington Centre Aldershot, The Mall Shopping Centre Camberley and Fleet Carnival.

We are also available for booking in:
Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, London, West Sussex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Middlesex and across the south-east of England.

Please note: Dragon dances and Lion dances use different costumes.  Our group does not currently offer dragon dance.

Review

"Matt and the other liondancers came to perform at our wedding; it was the highlight of the day following the ceremony which everyone enjoyed watching...  People even came in from off the street to see and hear the spectacular performance!  We had photos taken with the liondance group, they were happy to allow for as many photos for our guests to take, nothing was too much trouble.  The liondance became a talking point for our guests, even to this day.  We've seen other liondances since but certainly the World Eagle Claw Association's performance is the best we've seen.  The performers were energetic and their acrobatics were impressive!  If anyone was wishing to book a liondance performance we would definitely recommend Matt and his team."       Mr & Mrs Salter

More information at 

Call Matt on 07880-721-765