Dragon Dance by Yang Zhangbin, Nanjing University of the Arts
"Dragon dance" is an introduction to the traditional Chinese cultural activity of dragon dance." The dragon is a totem worshipped by the Chinese people for generations. In ancient times, the Chinese thought of the "Dragon" as the magical thing that can affect clouds and rain and avoid disasters. For thousands of years, the descendants of yanhuang have called themselves "the descendants of the dragon". Dragon dance is a set of Chinese traditional folk cultural activities as well an intangible cultural heritage. Every festival, people will do the dragon dance, an inheritance of the dragon's role in outstanding traditional culture . The dragon has ball joints to do all kinds of action and movement; thrusting, constantly showing tension, swinging, becoming supine, kneeling down, jumping, rolling, etc, and the different regional culture and dragon dances are also different. There are also many Chinese versions and variations. Therefore, praying for peace and a good harvest using the dragon dance became a traditional folk culture all over the country. In ancient times, the dragon dance was one of the biggest festivals in the year. The dragon "dragon", is placed according to the localised choreography of the dance, with banners, drums and horns, for leading the procession. The dragons are asked to come out from the temple, and the mount bibcock beaten, for the dot eyeball ceremony. The dragon body pieces are made of bamboo into a round dragon shape. They are attached to each other, and the outer covering has a large red cloth with dragon scales, with one person every five or six feet along the body, and the head and tail are about ten people apart. Historically, the dragon was led by one man, and the pole held a huge ball for guidance. In the dance, the huge ball is positioned around the left and right sides of the parade, and the dragon head is made as a ball, causing the dragon body to move. As Chinese people have emigrated around the world, dragon dance culture has spread all over mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, southeast Asia, and Europe and the United States, Australia, New Zealand. Each Chinese concentrated area in these countries has adopted this symbol of Chinese culture. This work introduces the activity of Dragon Dance from various aspects.