Chinese Center on Long Island 長島中華協會

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Upcoming Lion Dance performances (2016)

Feb 5        Friday (7pm)                    Lotus Restaurant (Farmingdale) 
Feb 5 Friday (10PM)                 Kwong Ming Restaurant in Wantagh
Feb 6 Saturday (12noon)         Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) - 3 Performances, 12noon, 3:30pm, 5pm
Feb 12         Friday (7pm)                            Pearl East in Manhasset
Feb 12         Friday (10pm)                          
Kwong Ming Restaurant in Wantagh
Feb 13         Saturday (7pm)                       Pearl East in Manhasset
Feb 19         Friday (11am)                          Developmental Disabilities Institute (Smithtown)
Feb 19         Friday (10pm)                          Kwong Ming Restaurant in Wantagh
Feb 21      Sunday (12 noon)            CCLI Chinese School
Feb 26      Friday (7pm)                    Girl Scouts West Hempstead
Feb 26         Friday (10pm)                          Kwong Ming Restaurant in Wantagh
Feb 27      Saturday (6pm)                Chinese Cultural Association of LI (CCALI), Chinese School, Sheraton Hotel in Flushing
Feb 27      Saturday (9pm)                American Legion (Merrick)
Mar 5        Saturday (5pm)                CCLI Banquet at Good Fortune Restaurant in Flushing
Mar 19      Saturday (10am)              Chinese American Association of LI (CAALI) performance at Valley Stream HS

Past Lion Dance performances (2015)

Feb 13 Friday (10PM)                 Kwong Ming Restaurant in Wantagh
Feb 18 Wednesday (11:30AM) Kwong Ming Restaurant in Wantagh
Feb 19 Thursday (8PM)                 Pearl East in Manhasset
Feb 20 Friday (12 non)                 Pearl East in Manhasset
Feb 20     Friday (10PM)                    Kwong Ming Restaurant in Wantagh
Feb 20     Friday (7:30pm                 Lotus Restaurant in Farmingdale
Feb 21     Saturday (8pm)                 Pearl East in Manhasset
Feb 22     Sunday (noon)                  CCLI Chinese School in West Hempstea
Feb 24     Tuesday (7pm)                 Cardozo Law School in Manhattan
Feb 27     Friday (7:30pm)                Lotus Restaurant in Farmingdale
Feb 27     Friday (10pm)                   Kwong Ming Restaurant in Wantagh
Feb 28     Saturday (1pm & 4pm)      Met Museum in Manhattan
Mar 6       Friday (10pm)                   Kwong Ming Restaurant in Wantagh
Mar 7       Saturday (6pm)                 CCLI Annual Banquet in Good Fortune Restaurant in Flushing
Mar 21     Saturday (10am)               Chinese American Association of LI (CAALI) performance at Valley Stream HS
Apr 18     Saturday (7pm)                 Crest Hollow Country Club - Wedding
May 8      Friday (5pm)                     Nassau County Asian Festival, Legislative Building, Mineola
May 16    Saturday (11am)               Town of North Hempstead Asian Festival, Bar Beach, Port Washington
Aug 2      Sunday (7pm)                   Chinese American Night at Eisenhower Park

Every year the lion dance troupe faces new challenges with the arrival of new students, summer  rust build up, departure of veteran senior students and new complex routines.  The lion dancers have their work cut out for them, but with intense practices, extreme focus and raw routines.  The students overcome these challenges resulting in stunning performances that electrifies the audiences everywhere they go.

In the beginner class, the students are put through warm ups to set them in a proper mindset.  Next,  a disciplined set of form exercises with drills to set their foundation.  The final portion of the one hour practice is practical use of the skills they have developed.  The advanced class starts shortly after the beginner class ends.  They concentrate on endurance and strength testing routines.  It contains long routines with lot of elements where the lion head is hoisted above the head and simulates a mighty proud lion.  In a few short months, the new and experienced students are ready as a team to do their outstanding performances.

The troupe participates in many venues between schools, restaurants, art centers, museums and community centers dedicating their time to be ambassadors of the Chinese Center.  At such young age, they wow the audience with exemplary performance professionalism.  Of course all of this is made possible with dedicated parents who help with transportation and organization to quell the chaos behind the scenes.

Year after year, with hard work and dedication of the Center's students, parents, Lion Master Randy Yung, Coordinators Patty Chow and Stephanie Bartoldus, the Chinese tradition will be promoted through exciting performances.  These young kids proudly represent the Center by putting on their best shows and uphold the troupe's prestige.



LION TROUPE CELEBRATES THE END OF ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR

On June 2nd, the Lion Troupe gathered at Sushi Ya Hibachi Restaurant in Garden City Park to celebrate the end of the 2012-2013 performance season.  After more than 20 performances from Nassau County Asian festivals and CCLI community events to multiple performances in Manhattan and Westchester, this troupe was ready to have some fun!  This year's members, alumni, parents and families had a great time watching the expert hibachi chefs do their flips and tricks.  Many members including Lion Master Randy Yung caught vegetable pieces mid air! The event was to thank everyone for a job well done and for their dedication throughout the year.  The Lion Troupe will be performing at Eisenhower Park at Chinese American Night on August 4th.  The new performance year and rehearsals begin in September.  No experience necessary!  All ages welcome 5yrs-18/college.  Contact Patty Chow for more information.

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Performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

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