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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
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Hong De and Bollywood Beats performers with the bridal coupleA collaboration between Bollywood Beats dancers and Hong De lions resulted in a spectacular fusion of Chinese and Indian cultures for a Chinese bride and an Indian groom on the weekend. Our brief from the wedding couple was that not only did they wanted to show off elements of the two cultures but also combine both cultures together in a performance. For the last month our performers have been learning Bollywood dancing with Nildhara Gadani at both our studio and as well as her studio in Glen Waverley. Our wedding lions kicked off the night by entertaining the guests at the Park Hyatt during pre-dinner drinks. Later in the night, Nildhara performed some solo dances and ended with the combined dance to 'Jai Ho' (theme song from Slum Dog Millionaire) with four of her dancers, three dancers from Hong De as well as our two lions. Thank you to Grace and Bijan for giving us an opportunity to try something unique and fun! Thank you Nildhara for all the dance lessons! Well done to all the performers! Jai Ho!!

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Festival Malaysia 2010Hong De Lion Dance joined a variety of cultural performers at Queensbridge Square for Festival Malaysia in Southbank. The Festival was well attended by crowds in Southbank due to the fine weather today (it was freezing cold last year!). There were a lot of interested onlookers and long queues for all the local delicacies. We performed towards the end of the day and there were still plenty of people watching. This one of many free community performances that we have participated in this year. Thank you to all the members who have volunteered their time today at Festival Malaysia.

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Fitzroy Town HallOn Saturday 18th September, the Junior team from Hong De performed at the Fitzroy Town Hall to celebrate the Full Moon Festival. The event was organised by the Atherton Gardens Community Vietnamese School. This was one of many free performances that we have done for community groups this year. All the performers that day were under the age of 18 (with one exception) - Well done kids!!

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Passionflower Ribbon CuttingOn Friday 10th September, Hong De Lions were at the opening of the new Melbourne Passionflower Ice Cream Cafe in 168 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Councillor Ken Ong was there for the ribbon cutting alongside the four Sydney partners in the business. After the ribbon cutting, our lions blessed the Cafe before performing an auspicious fruit 'cheng' for the occasion. We wish Constance, Michael and the team at Passionflower all the best for the future. A big thanks to Sifu Percy To from Australian Yau Kung Mun for the referral!

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Invest Victoria representative, Deputy High Commissioner and President of the AMBCMelbourne City Councillor, Ken OngOn Thursday 26th August, we were invited to perform at the Merdeka Day Celebration at the Melbourne Town Hall. We used this opportunity to dot our newly purchased lion from Malaysia. The Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Abdul Fadil Shamsuddin was delighted in being asked to initiate our new lion. The dinner reception was organised by the Australia Malaysia Business Council and the event was organised by Key Passion. Other VIP guests included the President of the AMBC, Mr Mike Anderson and Melbourne City Councillor, Ken Ong.

Youtube video of the performance is now uploaded on the HongDeLion channel.

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Melbourne Convention CentreThis is our first performance at the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Our four lions performed in the Grand Banquet Hall in the Convention Centre flanked by entombed warriors lining the sides of the Hall. There were over 700 guests at the 'Night in the Forbidden City' black tie event hosted by Les Toques Blanches. We were booked by Event Theatre Australia, thanks Elissa!
Our Youtube link to the performance.

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Multipurpose Room at Caulfield Grammar SchoolCaulfield Grammar School Open DayHong De Lion Dance was invited to perform at Caulfield Grammar School’s Open Day on Saturday 14th August by the Chinese Saturday School program. We performed in front of their stall and later in the Multipurpose Hall. We would like to thank Kit Hoh for organising the cultural events that day and also for the great satays from the stall afterwards!

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Hong De performing with Khuan Loke in Klang, MalaysiaFollowing the World Lion Dance Championships, six senior members from Hong De trained with Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association at both their training centres in Subang and Sungei Way. We were priviledged to be taught by Sifu Albert Fong from Khuan Loke. During some of these sessions we were joined by Hong De Reunion Island as well as Golden Lion Circle from Mauritius who were also there for the same purpose. We were able to refine some of our techniques and picked up some new moves to introduce back in Melbourne. We were also lucky enough to participate in performances with Khuan Loke over two occasions. We contributed one lion to the 45 lion performance at the Opening Ceremony in Genting as well as helped out with a ground performance in Klang on the Friday after Genting. On the Tuesday night following Genting, we were invited to a dinner reception hosted by Khuan Loke at the Armada Hotel in PJ. We were joined by teams from Mauritius, Reunion Island and representatives from Spain and Indonesia. We were also lucky that Master Siow were able to join us during this busy period. On Friday 30th July we were welcomed in Klang by the Chinese Cultural Centre and the Wen Qing Lion Dance troupe with another dinner reception! On Saturday 31st July, we also helped out Wen Qing in a lion dance performance at a dinner reception. Thank you to Sifu Albert Fong, Master Siow and Mr Tan from Klang for your kind hospitality. We really enjoyed the trip and learnt heaps with exchanges with the teams! We are also pleased to announce that we are now officially members of the Confederation of Sar Ping Lion Dance - we are very happy to be a part of the world-wide Sar Ping family.

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In the recent World Lion Dance Championships, held in Genting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (23rd-25th July 2010), a total of 27 teams participated form all over the world with strong dominance of teams from Asia. Australia was represented by teams from Sydney and Brisbane. We were privileged to be asked to help our in the 45-lion opening ceremony on Friday night. Tickets for the Finals on Sunday were sold out two weeks prior. The highlights of the event included some great performances by the Malaysian and Chinese teams on Day Two and during the Finals. The winning team this year was the defending champion - Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance team 5  with an unusual opening to their performance. The first runner up trophy went to another Malaysian team - Kwong Ngai Lion Dance and the second runner up trophy went to KSK Team 6 (a first time entrant). The title of Eastern Lion King was reclaimed by KSK and Western Lion King was reclaimed by USA White Crane.

45 lions at the opening ceremonyNew KSK Lion King ChampionsFINALS SCORES:
1 Malaysia Kun Seng Keng team 5 - 9.27
2 Malaysia Kwong Ngai - 9.20
3 Malaysia Kun Seng Keng team 6 - 9.19
4 China Cheung Keung - 9.12
5 USA White Crane - 9.07
6 China Guangzhou Panyu Shatoujie - 9.06
7 China Guangxi Beibu Wan - 8.54
8 Malaysia Gor Chor - 8.47
9 Thailand Dragon and Lion Dance Federation B - 7.60

Youtube videos of some of the performances have been uploaded on our Youtube channel.

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Hong De Lions performed for Cargill Australia in Freshwater Place in Southbank last night. The lions entertained whilst guests were have pre-dinner drinks before leading them outside to Southbank. The lions paraded along the river bank to lead guests to a a secret destination, the Langham Hotel. Thank you Mandy and Toni for the booking and looking after us that day.

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Clayton HallThe junior Hong De team played music at the Monash Winter Concert in Clayton Hall - all members of the team ranged in age from 12 to 17, some of them performing for the first time. Pairing up under the head of the lion was another junior performer aged 13 years. The concert today was organised by the Chinese Performing Arts Association. Thank you to Su for giving us the opportunity to open the Concert today with a lion dance. Congratulations to some of our younger members for a great performance today - there will be more to come....

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The preliminary draw list for competing teams were selected by ballot on Friday 2nd July 2010 at a press conference in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There are a total of 27 teams competing on Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th July in the Arena of the Stars, Genting. Each country can have a maximum of 2 teams in the competition. Australia, represented by Khuan Yee Lion Dance (QLD) and Australia Cheung Keung (NSW - aka Chinese Youth League/Jin Wu Koon) will be competing on Day One of the Preliminaries. The defending champion, Kun Seng Keng from Muar will be the last on the list on Day Two. Countries participating includes Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Taiwan, USA and for the first time, Mauritius. Please see below for the full draw list of participants. We wish all the participants the best of luck in the competition. Go Aussies!!

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Crown Palladium BallroomOn Thursday night, we were involved in a corporate performance at the Palladium Ballroom at the Crown Casino complex. It was our first time working with Event Theatre Australia and with the help of choreography, good use of the room layout, lighting and visual effects, the whole performance looked stunning. We started off with three drummers on stage performing a short synchronised routine. They were then joined by 4 cymbalists coming in from the ballroom. Four lions then burst into the ballroom and joined the musicians on stage. Unfortunately we were unable to take any good photos of the event. We would like to thank Elissa for the help in choreography and staging, and we look forward to working with Event Theatre Australia again!

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Lionfest2010 - Hong De lions performing in Market CityTen members from Hong De Lion Dance travelled up to Sydney last weekend to participate in our second Lionfest event in Market City. We were delighted to participate in this huge event which had a total of 8 lion dance and 6 martial arts teams performing from 11am until 5:30pm. It was great that we got to perform in front of our peers and also we got a chance to watch them perform. The highlights of the day were the jong performances by Chinese Youth League and Jin Wu Koon, lion dance performance by the Junior CYL group, dragon dance performance by Australian Yau Kung Mun and two smashing performances by the Hapkido College of Australia and Australian Martial Arts and Fitness Academy. Thank you to the president of CYL, Patricia Quah and Lionfest organiser, Simon Wong for inviting us to participate again this year. We are already starting to plan for next year's performance!!
Link to our performance.

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Geely representatives from China at DSIHong De Lions travelled to DSI Holdings, Albury, NSW last weekend to welcome Chinese executives from the Geely Group. Geely is one of the top ten car manufacturers from China and they have just recently acquired an auto-transmission plant in Albury. Our lions opened the Family Day Carnival with a performance for the executives and ended the day with a performance followed by fireworks for all the family members of staff who attended the Carnival. We would like to thank Gai from DSI who booked us and also Dinh from HD Fireworks who co-ordinated all the pyrotechnics for both performances.

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RACV ClubHong De Lion performed at the Brokensha Memorial Dinner at the RACV Club last week. This annual fund-raising event raises money for charity, organised by RACV. Thank you to Pina for organising the event!

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