International Lion Dance Competition

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On Sunday, my family and I went to Hong Lim Park to be awed and enchanted by the 9th annual International Lion Dance Competition. I love, love this acrobatic style of performing art and I really look forward to this time of year.  This weekend, we were wowed by the rhythmic beats of the drums and the jaw-dropping stunts performed by sixteen teams from Southeast and East Asia. Up close, it was such a joy and privilege to watch these magnificent “creatures” blink and bat eyelids, quiver in exaggerated fright, extended a coy paw.

(Illustrations via Singapore Hequan Institute of Wushu and Lion Dance 新加坡鹤權武术醒狮团.)