Recently, performers of the dragon and lion dances from all industries of Shanghai met at Qingpu Stadium for the "Liantang Watertown" 7th Shanghai Dragon and Lion Dance Championships, aiming at promoting the traditional Chinese culture of dragon and lion dances and enhancing the competitiveness of Shanghai's dragon and lion sports. Over 600 players of 24 teams from 16 districts across the city participated in the competition.
Geared to the National Dragon and Lion Dance Championships, the 7th Shanghai Dragon and Lion Dance Championships made innovative adjustments based on the modes and rules of its national counterpart. The competition falls into four groups, namely, children group, juvenile group, adult group and Special Olympics group. The two events of competition are freestyle dragon dance and the traditional dragon and lion dances. The competition was the first of its kind by way of online drawing-lots and live broadcasting, adding charm and vigor to dragon and lion dances, a traditional Chinese sport.
The dragon dance team from Shanghai Urban Construction Vocational College gave a full play to the charm of the traditional dragon culture. The performance reached its climax when players waved bamboo poles in unison, bringing into life the dragon’s image with a series of intricate movements. The vivid production won standing ovation from the audience. The performance of dragon dance in the juvenile group was also wonderful. Young as they were, the juvenile players offered an exquisite performance to the delight of the audience.