Master LAM, Kam-Chuen

 
 

To those who have visited Chinatown during festive times, the lion dance would be a familiar sight.  It is a form of costume dance mimicking animal movements and their dexterity.

 

The lion in question here is not real lions but mythical creatures in myths.  There is a number of Chinese lion dance styles and the lions themselves may not be the same creature.  The role these dances play would also differ.

 

Most notably, Chinese lion dances are divided into the Northern and Southern styles.  Northern styles use furrier lions and the dance serves mainly as a form of entertainment, especially to the imperial court in the past.

 

Southern styles are a form of ritual dance performed in festivals and ceremonies.  It is traditionally accompanied by gongs, drums and firecrackers, representing the arrival of good fortune.  It bears a religious undertone and is very symbolic in its nature.


The dance is traditionally performed by two dancers in open streets.  There may or may not be plateaus of obstacles for the lion to overcomes.  These challenges are colourfully named and often symbolic in nature.

 

Master Lam is a learnt lion dancer of both Northern and Southern style.


Because of the physical demand of this dance, lion dance is traditionally taught as a complementing art in martial art schools.  Hence, lion dance is a form of services from martial artists to the community.  It is an integrated part of social events.  Master Lam studied lion dance as part of his martial tradition and discipline.


Master Lam is also a learnt dragon dancer.

 

He has been invited to teach and performed such dances on many occasions, including the 'Hong Kong in London' Chinese Festival at Battersea Park.

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