Chinese lion dancers to perform Nov. 4

UNIONTOWN, Pa. ā€“ The community is invited to celebrate Chinese culture with Wong People Lion Dance at noon Monday, Nov. 4, in the Williams Building at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The origins of the Chinese Lion Dance date back more than 2,000 years and are an integral part of Chinese culture and Southeast Asian cultures of Vietnam, Korea, Japan and Malaysia. The dance is an ancient ritual, based on Taoist principles, used to drive away evil spirits or bad energy; the brightly colored lion costume worn while performing is specifically designed for this purpose. The performance is accompanied by a group of musicians playing a drum, gong and cymbal.

Chad Long, director of student affairs at Penn State Fayette, said, ā€œIā€™m excited for the campus and community to be able to relive an ancient Chinese tradition right here on campus. This performance is high energy and is truly art in motion.ā€

This performance is sponsored by the Coalition for Equity, a group that invites those on campus and in the community to participate in activities that explore social differences and cultivate respect for diversity.

Last Updated October 18, 2013