On May 13th, 2023, the first Haizhu Cup Lion Dance and Dragon Dance Competition for Teenagers was held at the Xiaohaiyan Theater (Little Petrel) of Haizhu District Teenager's Activity Center. Fifteen lion dance teams from various primary and secondary schools, kindergartens, and dragon lion schools in Haizhu District participated in the competition. The competition was divided into three groups: high school, elementary school, and kindergarten, with two traditional lion dance categories - solo and group performances. The youngest athlete was only four years old.
During the competition, each participating team performed their own original routines, all of which were vivid and lifelike. The "lions" tumbled, jumped, and scratched their legs, displaying the spirit and charm of contemporary teenagers and the beauty of the lion dance.
This was the first lion dance and dragon dance competition for teenagers organized by the Education Bureau of Haizhu District. In recent years, Haizhu District has made greater efforts to promote lion dance culture in schools. Some primary and secondary schools, as well as kindergartens, have even stablished their own characteristic lion dance teams, increasing the number of lion dance teams in Haizhu.
According to the relevant person in charge, as a traditional Chinese project, dragon and lion dances are symbols of Chinese spiritual culture and national sentiment. Having a history of more than a thousand years, Guangdong lion dance is one of the first national intangible cultural heritages. It integrates elements such as martial arts, dance, music, reflecting Guangdong traditional folk culture. Based on the intangible cultural heritage of the dragon lion art, telling the story of Haizhu is conducive to consolidating and promoting the positive energy of sports and cultural development.
"Dragonand lion dances are traditional sports projects in China, and they are also very important cultural resources. Dragons represent auspiciousness and joy, and the dynamic and upward attitude towards life. " Pan Xiaoming, Director of the Haizhu District Teenager's Activity Center, expressed her hope that children could become more interested in traditional sports projects, strengthen their physical fitness, and love and inherit excellent traditional Chinese culture.