White Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance
White Lotus first came together as a group of inspirational young individuals that wanted a way to not only spread cultural awareness but to make every celebration a memorable one. We do exciting performances throughout Portland and the Pacific Northwest for Chinese New Years, Lunar New Years, corporate events, grand openings, weddings, banquets, and more.
We are dedicated to being the iconic team that is able to bring the art of dragon dance and lion dance to Portland in its purest form. We offer our best performances through the culmination of great teamwork, determination and endless practices. Make sure to follow our team on Instagram!
Lion dancing is traditionally a cultural performance, popular in many countries in East Asia. It has been around for millennia and was traditionally used to scare away evil spirits, as well as to bring joy, prosperity, and good fortune to all those involved. Today, it remains as an exciting activity that is not only an exhilarating hobby but also as a way to hold onto the awe-inspiring traditions of generations past.
Lion dancing as an art has evolved over many years and today many groups, including White Lotus, has adopted what is commonly called Contemporary Style Hok San Southern Lion Dancing, heavily promoted by Sifu Siow of Malaysia over the last few decades.
It is the style most popularly seen today in the yearly International Lion Dance competitions and greatly emphasizes animal-like expressions and movements, as well as stunning skills and acrobatics.
White Lotus is proud to be the first team in the Pacific Northwest to offer a performance on a set of competition style Jongs (technical name for high poles). Dancing on Jongs takes much stamina, coordination, bravery, and practice. This is considered the pinnacle of lion dance difficulty.
Every year, world lion dance federations hold international lion dance competitions all on Jongs; something White Lotus is working hard to achieve within the near future.
The mythical dragon is a serpent-like creature that lives in the water and can soar through the air. The dragon dance is performed by a team of dancers (typically 8-10) that carries the image of the dragon on poles.
The dragon dance is also performed with the dragon always chasing a pearl—which symbolize the continual pursuit of wisdom.