It was an impressive sight of acrobatics, sound and color Wednesday afternoon as the Developing Virtue Secondary School took center stage to perform traditional Chinese dances and songs.
The performance consisted of three acts, the Lion and Dragon Dance and the 24 Seasons Drumming. The lion cos- tumes were elaborate with two kids operating each lion; work- ing them in such a majestic and acrobatic way.
Arthur Wong, architecture, appreciated the beauty of the Lion dance and realized the dangers of some of the acrobatics. â€œIt was beautiful, [but] itâ€™s difficult to do and can be dangerous,â€ said Wong.
The second performance, which was the Dragon Dance, consisted of multiple performers swirling and whirling a dragon prop, which displayed a stunning array of colors.
Allen Cheng, economics, enjoyed seeing the Dragon Dance, as it was the first time heâ€™d ever seen it being performed.
â€œThe Lion Dance is pretty normal for the Chinese culture, but this is my first time seeing the Dragon Dance,â€ said Cheng. Thump, thump, thump, thump, crash were the sounds of
the final performance, which was the 24 Seasons, Drumming; which the kids performing had learned in Malaysia. The 24 drums in the performance were meant to be representations of the 24 agricultural seasons according to the eventâ€™s emcee.
Christian Santos, physics, tuned in to the last performance as it had caught his attention on the way to class.
â€œIt was pretty good, I heard it as I was going to class,â€ said Santos.
The Cross Cultural Center, language and math divisions, Buddhist club, global club, Mercedes-Benz Bin-Hang, Motor Ltd., pi club and TASA, sponsored the event. Before the performance President Mark Rocha, PCC faculty members and sponsors of the event received a certificate of congressional recognition in promoting Chinese culture from a representa- tive of 27th District Congresswoman Judy Chu.
â€œTommy Tseng was here representing Congresswoman Chu, to present the certificates to our PCC president, several faculty members and sponsors,â€ said Dr. Yu-Chung Chang- Hou, assistant math professor and one of the organizers of the event.
Dr. Chang-Hou hopes to continue this type of communication between Eastern and Western cultures in the future.
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Photos by: Teresa Mendoza, Mary Nurrenbern, John Novak and Matthew Chan