Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Acrobatic Lions Enthrall Boulevard Hotel Guests

Seeing double: The two lions prancing about in the hotel’s lobby.
ONE of the best parts of watching a lion dance performance is when dancers take to the stilts.

At the Boulevard Hotel's entrance, a golden lion was the centre of attention as it contemplated its routine on high stilts.

Going up: The acrobatic lion climbing up the metal poles during the event.
The lion dancers cleverly showed a little hesitation, which was obvious from the lion’s body and eye movements, but in no time, it showed off its agility to the watching crowd.

Trained by Benny Goh, the lion dancers from Pusat Tarian Singa Seng Yew did thrilling jumps and leaps on 2.5m high steel bars at the hotel porch on the first day of Chinese New Year.

Prior to the dance on stilts, a silver lion joined the golden lion as they pranced through the hotel to usher in luck.

The lions visited Flutes Living Room and Wild Rice Restaurant on Level 9 before dancing on stilts.

They then returned to the lobby to bless it with the usual offering of lettuce leaves, mandarin oranges and pomelo.

The offering was then presented to general manager James Loo.

During Chinese New Year, it is common to see lion dancers warding off evil spirits and dancing to bring in luck and prosperity at hotels, restaurants, businesses and even homes.

Many hotel guests took the opportunity to capture the moment on their cameras before the lions called it a day.

Source : STAR
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