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Author: Hong De Administrator Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:58 PM
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Another first for Hong De! We performed at a railway station for the first time! We were invited by VicTrack to perform at the opening of the newly refubished Glen Waverley station. After unveilling a piece of artwork, the VIP's Michael Gidley MP, Campbell Rose (VicTrack), David Sinclair (Consolidated Properties) and Liz Compton watched our lion dance performance. Thank you to VicTrack for inviting us to perform at your opening!

Youtube link to VicTrack's video of the Opening.

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 We went from one end of town to another last weekend to perform at two shop openings. The second one was in Mountain Highway, Bayswater for the opening of DirecFresh. There was a large crowd there waiting for the lion dance when we arrived. Our lions performed both outside and inside the shop. Afterwards, we were offered some of the suckling roast pig - delicious! Thank you Ben for booking us and today we received another booking for Chinese New Year! We will be back again on the 21st of February!

Link to our Youtube video highlights of our performance at DirecFresh.

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We got a phone call last Friday to perform at the opening of My Specs Optometrist in Hampshire Road, Sunshine the next day! It was lucky for our client that we were able to attend the opening. We performed at the client's daughter's wedding last year and at the back of the shop was a 3 month old baby! Congratulations Michelle and Michael! Three of our wedding couples that we have performed for have had babies this year!
Anyway, we would like to congratulate Thao on the opening of her new business and wish her all the best! Thanks for booking us again!
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Phing and Mark at Sheldon ReceptionsIt's been a while since we've had two weddings in one weekend! The first one was for Phing and Mark in the Delphinium Room at Sheldon Receptions with one lion. It was our first time in that room as we usually performed in the larger Bliss Room. The next one was held on Sunday night at Manor on High (our second time there) in Epping for Tracy and Jalil. The groom rode a rickshaw into the room with the Bride and flower girls in tow! It was certainly a fun wedding! Thank you again to both couples for booking us!

Youtube link to Tracy and Jalil's wedding performance.

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 We performed in front of over 200 Tupperware Representatives at the Tupperware Ovation Sales Night at the Manningham Function Centre. It was pure coincidence that the lion we brought to event matched the Tupperware colours. The reason for the lion dance? There was an incentive trip to Asia being announced that night! Thank you Chris for booking us!

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 This is the third year in a row that we have performed for the Vietnamese International Students at Swinburne University. We would like to thank the Organising Committee for booking us again and for organising a wonderful line up of performances from the afternoon to the nightfall. Happy Mid-Autumn Moon Festival!!

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A mid-week lion dance performance at the re-opening of the Westpac branch at QV was well attended by over 100 guests. There was very little room for our lion to perform. A string of firecrackers were lit at the conclusion of the performance to declare the branch opened. Thank you to the branch manager, Judy Tran for booking us! Congratulations!
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 We had a blast on the weekend performing again at Crown Palladium. This is our fourth performance at Crown this year! It was great to see the Palladium covered with hanging lanterns and lots of beautiful Singapore orchids as table decorations. Three lions performed as the opening act for the KPMG annual ball attended by over 700 guests. Thank you to Marcus from By Design for booking us and organising meals for our members!

Link to Snappy Pics for photos with our lions.

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Another first for Hong De - a performance on a football oval! We were invited by The Werribee Football Club to perform during half-time for their Multicultural Day match against Western Bulldogs. We had a shortened training session and everyone hopped into three cars and off we went. The weather was not too great on the day but fined up when we were about to perform. Even though we were cold, the sun was out and the African dancers before us (bare-chested) did not complained about the weather! Thank you Chris for inviting us to perform at Avalon Oval!

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 Our lions performed at Van and Chris' wedding at Quat Quatta in Ripponlea on the weekend. We would like to thank Van and Chris for booking us and having us bless you on your wedding day.

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We had a blast performing at Etihad Stadium on the weekend for the AFL Diversity Multicultural Round. Our lion roved around the Stadium as fans arrived for the match between Western Bulldogs and Essendon. There were food stalls and various other multicultural acts. Thank you to the Western Bulldogs for booking us and also getting tickets for us to watch the match afterwards. It was a perfect ending for the weekend!

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 Our lions performed at the Crown Palladium Ballroom last Saturday night in front of 1500 guests for the Young Members Ball for Victorian Racing Club. We were also ask for a photo shoot at Flemington Racecourse the day before and the photo appeared in the Confidential section of the Herald Sun on Saturday. That night, we performed a most beautiful setting with white lanterns and blue lights. Our white and silver lions glowed under the lights. We would like to thank VRC for having us celebrate the Year of the Horse this year!

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Drakelyn and Anthony 8Jun2014Celine and John - 14Jun2014 It's getting colder in Melbourne now and that means a low season for weddings. We managed to perform at two weddings in the month of June on Sunday 8th for Anthony and Drakelyn at Crown River Room. On the following Saturday, we lit one string of firecrackers at the groom's parents' house for John and his bride Celine, followed by a lion dance performance at their reception that night at Rise in Docklandsd. Congratulations to both couples and we wish you all the best for the future! Thank you for inviting us to be part of your celebrations!

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We had two birthday celebrations over a week ago. One was for a 70th birthday celebration in Sunshine. Our two lions were a surprise for guests at the party. Afterwards, we enjoyed the great feast afterwards! A few days later, we were performing on a backyard tennis court in Brighton for a 30th birthday celebration - another first for Hong De!

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A late booking for a photographer/friend's brother shop opening.We were in Queen Street, Nunawading over a week ago for an opening of a new automotive garage. The video of our performance can be found here. Thank you Grace and Gabriel for inviting us to be part of your celebrations!

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 We hosted a lion dance workshop for Ging Mo Academy from Perth on the weekend. Sifu Gawain Siu and his senior instructors were here in Melbourne for a Wushu competition and spent Saturday training with us. We met Sifu Gawain in Genting in 2008 and have kept in touch ever since. We spent the day training and in exchange the Ging Mo team showed us their Wushu competition routines. Both teams benefitted from the exchange. We wish them well in the Wushu competition. We would like to thank Sifu Gawain for the Acknowledgement Certificate for our Commitment, Generosity and Dedication to promoting Chinese Lion and Dragon Dancing in Australia. We hope to see them again in the near future. Thank you for visiting our Clubhouse.

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Hong De Lion Dance Association would like to acknowledge support (with loan of equipment, recommendations, coaching) and friendship from the following lion and dragon dance teams:

Khuan Yee Lion Dance Association, Brisbane
Gingmo Academy, Perth
Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne, Melbourne
Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association, Malaysia
Hong De Lion Dance Association, Subang, Malaysia
Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Ass'n,  Malaysia
Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Ass'n, Indonesia
Kun Seng Keng Lion Dance Ass'n, Singapore
Kong Ha Hong Lion Dance, Indonesia
Hung Gar Yau Shu, Melbourne
Chinese Youth League, Sydney
Jin Wu Koon, Sydney
Cheung Keung Lion Dance, Sydney
Cheung Keng Lion Dance, Hong Kong
Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance, Canberra
Deng Sifu, Melbourne
Siow Sifu, Wan Seng Hang, Malaysia
Ting Sifu, Singapore Dragon & Lion Athletic Association 
Quah Beng Chye, Penang, Malaysia
Yi Sifu, Singapore Yi Long International

Members of Hong De, Khuan Yee, Singapore Yi Wei and UK Yi Dao with Siow Sifu outside Wan Seng Hang

Hong De, Jin Wu Koon, Chinese Youth League and Khuan Yee at Market City LionFest2008

Glen Waverley Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival 2009 - Hong De and Khuan Yee teams

Hong De and Prosperous Mountain LD (Canberra) at the Sydney Opera House

Jin Wu Koon, Chinese Youth League, Prosperous Mountain and Hong De at the Sydney Opera House

Khuan Yee and Hong De lions at The CNY and Lantern Festival, Glen

 Moomba Parade 2010 - DTF's from CYSM, HGYS and Hong De

Indonesia KSK and Kong Ha Hong, Sentosa, Singapore - 2011

Centenary Concert with CYSM and HGYS (2011)

Melbourne Chinatown

Indonesia Kong Ha Hong, Jakarta

Indonesia Kun Seng Keng, Jakarta

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