White Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance
White Lotus first came together as a group of inspirational young individuals that wanted a way to not only benefit local charities, but also to spread cultural awareness, while bonding as a group and having fun in the process. We do many performances in the Portland area every year for Lunar New Year, conventions, grand opening celebrations, weddings, birthdays, and general charity events.
We are dedicated to being the iconic team that is able to bring the art of dragon and lion dance to the pacific northwest in its purest form. We are always able to offer our best performances through the culmination of great teamwork, determination and endless practices. Make sure to follow our team by following us 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 seen chasing a pearl--which symbolizes the continual pursuit of wisdom.