Newcastle Chinese Association dancers to greet Chinese New Year in the Hunter

CLASSIC and lion dancers from the Newcastle Chinese Association dance group will weave their magic to keep us safe and scare away evil spirits as the Chinese New Year is celebrated in the region.

In accordance with Chinese tradition, the dancers will wear colourful costumes, carry baskets and wear their hair long as a symbol of beauty.

All these elements should ensure the Lunar New Year that starts this Friday, January 31 is filled with good fortune.

Newcastle Chinese Association dance group member Han Clear hopes this new year will be one of the group's best performances yet.

"We dance for strength and luck, the lions dance is to protect us as we bring in the new year," she said.

The group has about 12 members and has performed at several events in the community such as the Maitland Festival, Chinese Autumn Festival and the Special Olympics 2103 Asia Pacific Games.

For the Chinese New Year, they will dance at Newcastle Chinese Association's celebrations on Monday, February 10 at the Silver Dolphin, Cardiff.

A traditional 10-course dinner will be served.

Newcastle Chinese Association president Brenda Low said she was looking forward to the celebrations.

"There will be around eight dances and although the group hasn't been together long, they dance beautifully," she said.

To find out more about the Newcastle Chinese New Year celebrations phone 4961 3288.

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