Chinese Dragon Dance is very famous and traditional dance happened in Chinese Culture. The dragon dance is often performed during Chinese New Year. Dragon is a symbol of China and it is believed that it brings good luck to people, therefore the longer the dragon in the dance the more luck it will bring to the society. Chinese Dragon Dance possess qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom. The Dance is not easy and is being performed by great team of dancers who were having flexible figure of a dragon using poles positioned at regular intervals along the length of the dragon.
Chinese Dragon Dance
There are different forms of Dragon Dance mentioned in the Han Dynasty. Rain Dragons Dance associated with rain in ancient China. Other Dance may include Lantern Dragon Dance associated with Lantern Festival, Fire Dragon Dance, Double Dragon Dance, Dragons on Poles etc.
Construction of Chinese Dragon
The dragon is assembled by joining the series of hoops on each section and attaching the head and tail pieces at the ends. Dragons were constructed of wood, with bamboo hoops on the inside and covered with a fine cloths. Nowadays lighter materials such as aluminium and plastics have replaced the wood and heavy material.
The length of Dragon varies from around 25 to 35 meters for the most of the models, and up to 50 to 70 meters. The sizes and length of Chinese Dragon is not fixed it totally depends on the human power or materials available.
Colors of Dragon
Color of the dragon which is majorly selected is Green, which symbolizes a great harvest. Other colors are – yellow which symbolizing the solemn empire, golden colors symbolizing prosperity, red color representing excitement, silver colors and provides a feeling of joyous atmosphere.
Performance of Dragon
The performance of Dragon is not simple therefore it is performed by highly skilled workers. It is very essential to take care of correct combination and proper timing of the different parts of the dragon. Any mistakes made by a single performers would spoil the whole performance. The Head and Tail of Dragon is very important in dragon dance.
Patterns of Dragon
Patterns of the dragon are “Cloud Cave”, “Whirlpool”, T’ai chi pattern, “threading the money”, “looking for pearl”, and “dragon encircling the pillar”. The movement “dragon chasing the pearl” shows that the dragon is continually in the pursuit of wisdom.
What is the dragon dance for Chinese new year?
Dragon dance (simplified Chinese; traditional Chinese; pinyin) is a form of traditional dance and performance of Chinese culture. Like the lion dance it is being practiced during festive celebrations.