As well as representing Australia amongst international exhibitions, performances and training, Yaolin Kung Fu Association has performed at thousands of events over the last 27 years for all kinds of occasions. Established in 1995 (Perth, Western Australia), the primary aim of Yaolin Kung Fu Association is one which strives to preserve and promote the Chinese culture within our Club and community. Yaolin dance for the love and fun of the art, and they hope to create strong bonds, not only amongst each other, but also with their clients and other Dragon and Lion Dancing groups across the world.
Performed by two pairs of lions or more; Lion Dance is a form of traditional Chinese performance in which performers mimic a lion’s movement dressed in a mythical lion costume performed by two people. The traditional dance is primarily performed by expert Kung Fu Martial Artists as it requires a substantial amount of strength, stamina, balance, bravery and Kung Fu skills to accomplish the dance. The routines, in general, are a test to detect whether the Lion Dancers are skillful enough to retrieve the auspicious object whilst they are met with obstacles blocking their path.
Lion Dance with props
The dance is performed by one lion. This is a story telling routine about a lion trying to find food and luck for the year; along the way he might encounter a creature, having to go through rivers, bridges and mountains to retrieve it for their client. The routine has many stunts and highly difficult techniques performed on benches and tables.
Lion dancing on the top of an aerial high pole symbolises greater wealth and luck with every step of the business. It also represents the tradition and authenticity of the art. During the performance, the releasing of a banner from the aerial pole symbolises the scattering of wealth and luck which will give the business, as well as their respective clients, greater prosperity. The overall performance culminates in a skillful Kung Fu and acrobatic act.
Performed by 5-6 drummers. War drums, although first used on the battlefield, they are no longer a tool of war. Battle drums have since become a form of folk art; they’re powerful, resounding beat still rouses an exhilarating heroic spirit. They are used to express the spirit of Chinese culture.