Chamblee, GA, January 16, 2017 – by Renee Turner, Staff Writer – A fun time was had by all on Saturday, January 14th at the Chamblee Library where performances and demonstrations were held by the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company (ACDC) to celebrate the 2017 Chinese Lunar New Year. Assistant Branch Manager, Ms. Meiyun Lee introduced the dance troupe to a room-filled children’s audience of all ages and their parents.
The children enjoyed dancing, discussions on traditions of the Chinese culture, how Chinese dance evolved from a tradition as folk dance, performing in Chinese palaces, and evolving into a vital part of Chinese performing arts. ACDC presented Chinese customs, fans, traditional clothing and head attire.
ACDC was founded by Artistic Director, Ms. Hwee-Eng Y. Lee, in 1991 providing performances for the community, educational lectures and workshops for schools, universities, libraries, senior centers, and arts festivals. She demonstrated the different types of dance including the ribbon dance that includes a long-streamed ribbon attached to a stick. “Celebrations are performed by the ribbon dance demonstrating the symbolization of “waterway” by zigzagging, “rainbow” by waving the ribbon overhead…,” she said, after which the children got up to participate.
Storyteller Lee Turner, read Ying Chang Compestine’s D is for Dragon Dance, a children’s book that tells the tradition of dragon dancing and the Chinese New Year.
Chamblee Branch Manager Lee ended the event with a Chinese shuttlecock demonstrating how the round weighted disc with feathers is tossed into the air and kicked upward as high as the children could, participating in the sporting game.
Upcoming: Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival celebrating the Chinese New Year on January 28th
The festival is being held at the Chinese Culture Center featuring live performances and food vendors. The CCC is located at 5377 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA 30341. The festival is on January 28th and 29th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is $5 person, children under 3.5 feet are free.
For more information, call (770) 451-4456. Parking is provided at the Atlanta Interactive College of Technology at 5303 New Peachtree Road. There is a free shuttle between Interactive College and Chinatown according to the festival’s Facebook website.