Lion Dance originated back in ancient China and became a symbol of good luck by scaring away evil spirits during the New Year on the Lunar Calendar. The lion head is often mistaken as a dragon because there were no lions in China so they did not know what they looked like. Instead, they combined attributes from several different animals to create their traditional lion. The ears were taken from the Chinese unicorn, the beard came from the dragon, the back of the head represents a turtle's shell, and the horn is suppose to represent a phoenix. Other symbolism is found on the lion's head. A big forehead meant great knowledge and wisdom, and the mirror placed on the lion's forehead is to scare away the evil spirits; since evil spirits are afraid to see their own reflections.
The Cal Poly Lion Dance Team is a division of Cal Poly's Chinese Student Association, which Wong Young Louis help found back in 1957. Our current faculty advisor is Dr. Linda Lee. Our team can be seen throughout the year making performances at local stores during Chinese New Year, or cultural events in and outside of San Luis Obispo, CA.
Anyone and everyone who is interested in joining lion dance is welcome, come join us on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. behind the H.P. Davidson Music Building! No prior experience is needed and just come and have a great time!