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Chinese lion dancers to perform Nov. 4

10/17/2013 —

The community is invited to celebrate the Chinese culture with Wong People Lion Dance on Monday, Nov. 4 at noon in the Williams Building at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The origins of the Chinese Lion Dance date back over 2,000 years and are an integral part of Chinese culture and Southeast Asian cultures of Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and Malaysia. The dance is an ancient ritual, based on Taoist principles, used to drive away evil spirits or bad energy; the brightly colored lion costume worn while performing is specifically designed for this purpose. The performance is accompanied by a group of musicians playing a drum, gong, and cymbal.

Chad Long, director of student affairs at Penn State Fayette, says, “I’m excited for the campus and community to be able to relive an ancient Chinese tradition right here on campus. This performance is high energy and is truly art in motion.”

This performance is sponsored by the Coalition for Equity, a group that invites those on campus and in the community to participate in activities that explore social differences and cultivate respect for diversity.

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