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By Yuan Boyarou

Entering South China Normal University and becoming a SCNU student has been an incredible journey, and my bond with the university grows stronger every day through my studies and daily life. Learning at the Nanhai Campus, I still feel the deep cultural heritage of SCNU. The school has a wide range of activities and clubs that enrich our campus life, and among them, the Lion Dance Association at SCNU has had the most significant impact on me. Leveraging the historical richness of Foshan's lion dance, this vibrant and dynamic cultural tradition helps shape a diverse and inclusive campus environment and adds a touch of excitement and color to my campus life.

One usual evening, I finished dinner and was about to return to my dormitory. I heard the sound of gongs and drums in the distance, so I quickly ran over to take a look. It was members of the Dragon and Lion Dance Association who performed their mesmerizing lion dance routine. The students' spectacular lion dance performance was a true feast for the senses. As the rhythmic beats of the drums filled the air, the audience was immediately captivated by the vibrant energy emanating from the stage. The two lion dancers moved in perfect harmony, their every step precise and synchronized, showcasing their skill and dedication to this ancient art form.

The colorful lion costumes added a touch of enchantment to the scene. The intricate details and vibrant hues brought the lions to life, each representing a different character and embodying its unique personality. The lions seemed to come alive on the stage, leaping and twirling with grace and agility, captivating the hearts of the audience. What's more, the precision and coordination demonstrated by the student performers were truly awe-inspiring. Their movements were fluid and powerful, displaying a profound understanding of the lion dance techniques. They seamlessly transitioned between different formations and acrobatic stunts, leaving the audience in constant anticipation of what would happen next.


The association members perform the lion dance.

After watching it, I was deeply moved and lost in contemplation. Beyond the technical proficiency, it was evident that the students poured their heart and soul into their performance. These students' performance was not just a mere show; it was a testament to their immense talent and passion; a testament to the power of tradition, dedication, and the enduring spirit of the lion dance; a testament to their dedication and commitment to preserving and promoting this traditional Chinese art form.

The presence of lion dance activities organized by the association has significantly enriched my campus experience. These performances bring a sense of unity and cultural pride to our campus community. Coming from Fujian, where lion dancing is also popular, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the unique Lingnan culture through this encounter with lion dance which is different from Fujian. It has not only introduced me to Lingnan culture but has also strengthened my cultural connection and identity. By actively participating in traditional cultural activities, I have gained a deeper understanding of Chinese heritage and traditions. The sense of pride in promoting and preserving these cultural practices has instilled in me a greater appreciation for diversity and the significance of cultural preservation.

Engaging with the spirit of lion dance has also provided me with valuable life lessons. As we all know, one crucial aspect of lion dance lies in its emphasis on unity and teamwork. Each member plays a vital role, and the success of the performance relies on harmony and coordination. Only through countless rehearsals and performances, can they develop strong bonds with fellow dancers, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared achievements. The perseverance, discipline, and teamwork displayed by the members of the Dragon and Lion Dance Association have served as an inspiration in my approach to learning. Witnessing their dedication to mastering the intricate dance routines and maintaining the cultural integrity of the art form has encouraged me to cultivate similar characteristics in my studies. In addition, the lion symbolizes courage, strength, and wisdom, embodying the spirit of bravery and overcoming obstacles. Through lion dance, I have learned the importance of facing challenges head-on and embracing the opportunity for personal growth. It has taught me to conquer self-doubt, persevere in the face of difficulties, and approach every aspect of life with a positive and determined mindset.

The Dragon and Lion Dance Association at SCNU has successfully integrated traditional arts into modern campus life. The influence of lion dance extends beyond entertainment, serving as a source of motivation and empowerment. Embracing the lion dance spirit has provided me with valuable insights into consistent effort, resilience, and a strong work ethic in achieving success. It has inspired me to integrate the spirit of lion dance into various aspects of my life.

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