2013 interview with Shaw TV's go! Vancouver CLDA's interview at 7:33-10:25.
go! Vancouver, Shaw TV
Chinese Lion Dancers
BC's most sought after traditional Chinese lion dance performance group
Since it's founding in 2006, the Chinese Lion Dancers [CLD] has become one of the most sought after traditional Chinese lion dance performance groups in British Columbia. Based out of Vancouver and Richmond, the group has been invited to perform at hundreds of events and venues across British Columbia as well as in neighbouring Provinces and Territories.
The CLD is based in Richmond and Vancouver; they perform the traditional CLD, Dragon Dance, Unicorn Dance and Drum Performances.
They perform year-round at a variety of events and occasions, ranging from weddings, sporting events, celebrations, business grand openings to major festivals, in and out of the Greater Vancouver area.
Under the guidance of the senior troupe members, each with more than 10 years of experience, the CLD also runs a training program to teach those interested in learning the traditional Chinese lion dance. With their ever-expanding repertoire of dances and techniques, the CLD hopes to share the art and culture of the Chinese Lion Dance with those unfamiliar to it.
In addition to having a strong group of performers, the CLD prides itself on having the largest selection of top-of-the-line performance gear and costumes in Vancouver. The CLD is also one of a very few groups in British Columbia who have access to and perform with LED embedded and glow-in-the-dark costumes. These performances, being more unique and specialized, are tailored to the clients' specifications by the CLD choreographers.
What sets the CLD apart from other groups is its repertoire of lesser known dance forms and techniques. It is one of the only groups in Vancouver to regularly perform a high-pole lion dance routine, drunken lion routine, and various different dances; such as the kirin and dragon.
Aside from private functions such as weddings and business grand openings, the CLD is often invited to perform at large high-profile public functions. A short list of the CLD's more noteable performances are as follows:
Annual Chinese New Year Celebrations at the Vancouver International Airport
Vancouver 2010 Olympics
Various events at the Vancouver Convention Center
Vancouver Canucks Hockey Game
Appearance on NBC's Psych
Charity events for: ORBIS, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
HSBC, Westjet, China Southern Airline, BC Liquor Store, Canadian Tire, IKEA, Walmart and more
Shaw TV, Global, Vancouver 24 hrs, Sing Tao newspaper, Ming Pao Daily News, Richmond News
"The Lion Dancers were amazing and added a great touch to the party. The brides family originates from Singapore so they absolutely loved it! Many people came up to us to tell us how unique it was and how much entertainment it was. especially the gangnam style dance!" – Zavina