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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
News on Hong De Lion Dance activities.

Most of our performances are now booked and we are almost ready to start very soon. Just in case you are wondering where we will be performing, the performance list is updated on a regular basis on the side bar of this site.Our public performances are below:Sat 6/2/16 11am South Melbourne MarketSat 6/2/16 2pm Westfield KnoxSat 6/2/16 3pm Alamanda, Point CookSat 6/2/16 4:30pm Featherbrook, Point CookSun 7/2/16 2pm MC Square, DoncasterMon 8/2/16 10am DocklandsMon 8/2/16 11:30am Citibank, Lt Bourke StMon 8/2/16 12:30pm Southern Cross Lane, Bourke StMon 8/2/16 12:30pm Freshwater Place, SouthbankMon 8/2/16 1:30pm Westpac Wales CornerMon 8/2/16 2pm Westpac QVMon 8/2/16 2:15pm Westpac Elizabeth StMon 8/2/16 2:45pm Windsor HotelMon 8/2/16 8pm iDarts QVFri 12/2/16 12pm David Jones, Bourke StreetSat 13/2/16 11am Waverley ToyotaSat 13/2/16 12pm Parkmore Shopping Centre, KeysboroughSat 13/2/16 4pm Somerfield Estate, KeysboroughSun 14/2/16 11am Westfield DoncasterWed 17/2/16 8pm Dragon Dance at QV Night MarketFri 19/2/16 6:30pm... Read More »

After a round of nationwide auditions with over 1000 applicants, we are pleased to announce that our team made it to the Judges audition on Tuesday 24th November 2015 at Her Majesty's Theatre. There are 150 acts selected for this round and 30 will go through to the Semi-Finals. The show will be aired in February next year.

 We were invited to perform at a wedding between an Aussie bride and an Indian groom. When the bride's Father booked, we enquired as to why they wanted a lion dance. The Father's answer was that they had just attended the wedding ceremony in India and the groom's parents had an elephant at the wedding. So they thought Chinese lions at the Aussie wedding should impress the Indian family... and we did the job! We were lucky to have a special guest from Selayang Hong Teck, Malaysia visiting Melbourne that week. Royel is the main tail player on jongs, thank you for joining in on the performance!

Congratulations to Penelope and Yash! Thank you to Nick for booking us! 

 

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 A big Congratulations to one of our regular clients on the re-opening after renovations. If you are after hot spicy Sichuanese dishes, this is the place to go! Thank you Lisa for booking us again and good luck! Photos can be found on our FB fan page

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 Just before our training session on Sunday, we performed for Walk West for Western Hospital. The walk took place along the Maribyrnong River on Footscray Park, a beautiful location. We will be taking a short two week break from training and will resume again on Sunday 19th April.

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Last weekend we found ourselves driving down the Australian Grand Prix track with a lot of the grandstands still there. At the end of the track was a lovely location for a wedding by the Albert Park Lake. A Chinese and a Turkish couple had their wedding reception at Carousel, another first for Hong De! Congratulations to Selda and Welly, wishing you both all the best for the future!

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 We were very privileged to be asked to perform at Rosecraddock House last week. This house has a very colourful history with a crime commited there in 2005! We had a lot of members interested in performing for this event! The House did live up to its expectations and was beautifully decorated by Flock Agency. We would like to thank Guy Rosso, the owner of the House for being a very gracious host.  We forgot to tell him that we would like to come back to have a swim and have a hit on his tennis court... next time!

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 As part of Multicultural Diversity Week, our lion performed at the Caroline Springs Library on Monday night. Last year we performed for the Melton Library at the same time. We would like to thank Anne McLennan for inviting us again to perform at the Library. We had photos taken with an Indonesian dance troupe at the end of the night.

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 This was our fourth performance at Luminare over the last three years. It's a beautiful venue with views of the city skyline. We would like to thank Karina and Thusan for inviting to celebrate their special day with them! 

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 We were invited by Surrey Hills Primary School as part of Multicultural Diversity week to perform at their School Fete on the weekend. We would like to thank Bekdon Richards Real Estate for sponsoring the event. It was a fun day with a big crowd and lots of activities for young and old!

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 Post Chinese New Year and we are straight into the wedding season. We have three wedding bookings for March this year! Our first one was held at Victoria Harbour at the Atlantic Group in Peninsula C. Congratulations to Linh and Lat and thank you for having us celebrate on your special day at such a nice venue!

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This is the seventh year that we have participated in the Glen Waverley Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival. Each year, we strive to add new acts to our performances. For our opening stage performance, our lion performed on two benches by leaping from one to the other. For our main performances at 12pm and 5pm, Mushu, our dragon opened the show with flawless performances. This was followed by out main acts, the High Poles (Jongs) performances. A lot of the audience members have seen our show in the past and there were some that have never seen it before. Our lion stunned the audience by leaping from pole to pole during the performances. This is the only CNY Festival in Melbourne where you can see a High Poles performance and we are proud to have our own members jumping them for the second time since 2014. During the afternoon, our lions visited the shops on Kingsway and performed 'Choi Cheng' (plucking the greens) as part of CNY blessings. We would like to thank Vincent Chow and the Monash Chinese Events Organising Committee for organising a successful event this year.

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Queen Victoria Market celebrated Chinese New Year this year with a big bang. On Chinese New Year Day there were roving lion dance performances by another team. Our dragon Mushu came out to play on Day Three of CNY on a very hot day and also the following week at the Night Market. The QV Market had installed a dragon during the CNY period and Mushu performed in front of the dragon with firecrackers before continuing to rove through the market on both days. We would like to thank QV Market for inviting us to perform twice during the CNY period.

A Youtube link to our dragon dance performance can be found here.

Photo taken by Grace Lye - JustGraced.com.au

 

 

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We had a lot of requests to perform at schools during Chinese New Year. We could only manage to fit in a few schools due to availability and timing. The very first one was at St Francis Xavier Primary School in Box Hill the week before CNY. The next one was at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School (our third time in a row) and Essendon North Primary School on the second day of CNY. During the second week, we conducted a short workshop for about 50 children at Rolling Hills Primary School after our performance. We also performed at Thomas Mitchell Primary School, Camberwell Girls Grammar School and Alphington Grammar School (our second visit) that week. It is certainly fun performing at these schools as some of the children have never seen a lion before. It was also really good to see some of the schools getting into the spirit of CNY with teachers and students dressed in Chinese costumes. 
A Youtube link to our Schools performances can be found here.


 

 

 

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We had quite a few bookings from Westpac bank this year. We kicked off on Chinese New Year Eve with a performance at the new Westpac building at 50 Collins Street at 9am in the morning. All the staff including the CEO from Sydney came down to the foyer to witness the dotting of our two lions. This was followed by a short performance with presentations to all the three VIP's. After a short break we started at the branch on the ground floor and then went floor by floor from the 12th to the 5th floors of the building. The staff were thrilled to see our lion on their floor. In the afternoon we visited three branches in the city starting with the QV branch and then 145 Elizabeth Street and 360 Collins Street. During the last week of Chinese New Year we performed for the Westpac CNY Function at Aerial in South Wharf. We performed another Eye Dotting ceremony followed by a short performance.
Please find a Youtube link to our first performance at 50 Collins Street here.

 
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 We were here, there and everywhere during Chinese New Year. All our photos have been uploaded to our fan page on Facebook and some videos have been uploaded to Instagram and Youtube. It was certainly a very busy two weeks for us starting with Woolworths Glen Waverley and Springvale and the Dragon Boat Regatta on Sunday 15th February to several schools during the weekdays and restaurants at night. One of our biggest booking was from Westpac on Chinese New Year Eve when we performed at the new Westpac building at 150 Collins Street. We opened with a two lion performance in the main entrance of the building followed by roving through 8 floors of the building entertaining staff on each level. Afterwards we performed at three further Westpac branches. We had a huge crowd at Southern Cross Lane on Chinese New Year and at the city restaurants that night. Another memorable performance was at Victoria Market where we performed our first dragon dance for the year. We had further performances for Westpac, Citibank and Bank of Melbourne at Tiffany & Co on Collins Street! It was certainly a great Chinese New Year!

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