CultureALL might be best known for its work in schools, but our Ambassadors are providing more and more programming for seniors. Residents at Beaverdale Estates and Illahee Hills senior living communities recently celebrated Chinese New Year with a presentation by CultureALL Ambassador Phoebe Liang D’Alessandro and a performance by students from Valley High School.
Residents learned about food, colors, traditional clothing, and family relationships as they relate to the Chinese New Year. The 15-day celebration is the most important festival in Chinese society. They also witnessed a lion dance, courtesy of the Valley High School Lion and Dragon Dance team. As the lion weaved through the audience, a few people reached out as if to pet it and many broke into spontaneous applause as they delighted in the lion’s expressions and movements.
Two students play the lion in the same costume: one as the hind legs, another as the forelegs and head. The elaborate costume features a moving mouth and eyes. The lion can even bat its eyelashes at onlookers. The dancers move to a vigorous drumbeat supplied by the live accompanist.
Residents who attended the Beaverdale Estates performance were so excited about the lion and the technical details that they kept the dancers well past their scheduled time. If you are interested in learning more about programming, fill out a Contact form, or call CultureALL Program Director Stacey Kimberlin at (515) 273-8569 ext.1.